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Everything seems managed, Justice Loya's family says after SC ruling

Everything seems managed, Justice Loya's family says after SC ruling

Justice Loya mysteriously died in 2014 while a case pertaining to the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh was pending in the CBI court in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud had on 16 March reserved the judgment on the batch of petitions demanding an SIT probe.

The bench said that in their practice before this court, counsel are "expected to assist the court with a sense of objectivity in aid of justice".

Joint CP Nagpur Shivaji Bodkhe has said that the investigation was done professionally by Nagpur Police and those documents and evidence have been presented in the SC, on which the decision was based. The Supreme Court verdict has left many questions unanswered. Several other appeals were made to the Supreme Court for the same.

Reacting to Thursday's judgment, one of the petitioner's lawyer Prashant Bhushan said, "It is unfortunate that the demand for an independent probe shot down by the court". Suspicions were raised on whether Loya's death was natural after The Caravan published a report in November 2017, in which members of the judge's family raised a number of questions around the circumstances of his death and claimed that he had been under pressure at the time.

Judges on Thursday called the petitions a "frontal attack" on the judiciary and said they had no reason to doubt the four Mumbai judges who said that judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya had died of natural causes.

Joint Police Commissioner of Nagpur Shivaji Bodkhe said the "petitions were wrong as they were unaware of the truth". Before his death in December 2014, Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin encounter case in which Shah was an accused. "The verdict gives a clear message that the judiciary can not be misled by allegations based on political vendetta", he said. The conduct of the petitioners and the intervenors scandalises the process of the court and prima facie constitutes criminal contempt. "Bharat Tere Tukde Honge" gang might choose to ignore the Supreme Court but the Nation knows truth has prevailed.? It was Rahul Gandhi.

He also urged Rahul Gandhi not to fight political battles through corridors of Court.

After Loya's death, judge M.B. Gosavi took over the trial.

In this background, the BJP's attempt to make false capital out of the Supreme Court judgement must be condemned with strongest possible words, he added. "The Congress, the Communists and some media houses who were behind the whole campaign have been "totally exposed" in the matter after the Supreme Court upheld the investigation report of Maharashtra government", Fadnavis said. Amit Shah figured in the case but was later discharged.

Spokespersons Sambit Patra and Gaurav Bhatia addressed one of them, held immediately after the verdict was announced.


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