Maharashtra govt to consider opening probe into CBI judge BH Loya's 2014 death based on 'evidence', says NCP's Nawab Malik

  • The Maharashtra government would consider an investigation into the alleged suspicious death of special CBI judge BH Loya in 2014 if it gets any complaint with substantial evidence, a minister said on Wednesday

  • Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of Gujarat, had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on 1 December 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter

  • NCP spokesperson and state minister Nawab Malik spoke about the Loya death case which had reached the Supreme Court after a party meeting

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government would consider an investigation into the alleged suspicious death of special CBI judge BH Loya in 2014 if it gets any complaint with substantial evidence, a minister said on Wednesday.

Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of Gujarat, had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on 1 December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. NCP spokesperson and state minister Nawab Malik spoke about the Loya death case which had reached the Supreme Court after a party meeting.

 Maharashtra govt to consider opening probe into CBI judge BH Loyas 2014 death based on evidence, says NCPs Nawab Malik

File image of Justice Loya. Image taken from Facebook

Speaking to reporters after the NCP held a three-hour-long meeting of its ministers in the Shiv Sena-led government, Malik said, The government will consider
reopening of judge BH Loyas suspicious case if any complaint is received with substantial evidence."

The meeting was presided over by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. If the complaint contains some substance, then only investigation will be done. There will be no inquiry in the
matter without any reason, he said.

After the Sena-Congress-NCP government was formed in Maharashtra last year, Pawar was asked whether there will be any probe into the alleged suspicious death of Loya, Malik said.

Pawar had made it very clear that investigation into the case of judge Loya was possible. The state home minister (Anil Deshmukh) had also indicated so, he said.

The Supreme Court had held that Loya had died of "natural causes" on December 1, 2014, and had rejected PILs seeking an SIT probe into the death, questioning their motive. The apex court had held that petitions were moved by political rivals to settle scores which was a serious attempt to scandalise the judiciary and obstruct the course of justice through a "frontal attack" on its independence.

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Updated Date: Jan 09, 2020 09:53:16 IST