BH Loya case: Supreme Court set to resume hearing on PILs seeking independent probe into death of CBI judge

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will resume on Friday hearing on the pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

File image of Supreme Court. Reuters

Loya had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on 1 December, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

The apex court, during the last hearing on 22 January, had dubbed as "serious" the issues raised in the pleas but had castigated senior lawyer Dushyant Dave for casting aspersions on BJP president Amit Shah in the case.

It had also taken umbrage at senior advocate Indira Jaising for inferring a possible gagging of the media in the case after which she had withdrawn her statement.

Since then, political parties and more prominently the Congress has been raking up the issue of Loya's death outside the judicial forum and demanding an independent probe.

The two petitions which are pending in the apex court have been filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla and Maharashtra-based journalist BS Lone.

Later, an application was filed by former navy chief L Ramdas seeking an independent inquiry by a panel of retired apex court judges and former police officers into Loya's death.

The issue of Loya's death had come under the spotlight in November last year after media reports quoting his sister had fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding it and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.

But Loya's son had on 14 January said in Mumbai that his father had died of natural causes.

The petitions would come up for hearing on Friday before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

During the hearing on 22 January, the apex court had restrained other high courts from entertaining any petition with regard to Loya's death and transferred to itself the petitions pending before the Bombay High Court.

The Maharashtra government had produced before the court the statements of four district judges, two of whom have been appointed as judges in the Bombay High Court, saying Loya had died of a heart attack and it was they who had taken him to hospital on the morning of 1 December, 2014.

Updated Date: Feb 01, 2018 22:40 PM

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