SC to hear tomorrow the plea seeking probe into Judge Loya's death

SC to hear tomorrow the plea seeking probe into Judge Loya's death

The Supreme Court on Thursday (January 11) has made a decision to hear the case pertaining to the death of CBI judge Brijgopal Loya.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R.Lone before the Supreme Court.

The judges - J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph - said cases having "far-reaching consequences for the nation", were being "selectively" assigned to the benches of "their preference".

Before the commencement of hearing senior counsel Dushyant Dave, representing Bombay Lawyers' Association said the high court was already seized of the matter and the top court should refrain from hearing the issue.

Bhartiya Janata Party President Amit Shah was also an accused in the fake encounter case he was hearing.

Warning that democracy is at stake, four senior judges of the Supreme Court Friday mounted a virtual revolt against the country's chief justice, raising questions on "selective" case allocation and certain judicial orders, sending shockwaves across the judiciary and polity. Loya had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

The issue came under the spotlight in November past year after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death and its link to the Sohrabuddin case. There has been some suspicion that Loya's death was not natural, and his family has alleged now that he was offered a bribe of 100 crores before his death. After Loya's death, Shah was discharged by another judge who came to preside over the case on ground of no evidence.

The case was later transferred to CBI and the trial was shifted to Mumbai. Taking into consideration the implications of the four senior judges of the apex court publicly slamming Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Gandhi said that all citizens who love the idea of justice are looking at this issue and it should be addressed.

Advocate Varinder Kumar Sharma, appearing for another petitioner, Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala, said this is a case where a mysterious death of a judge has taken place on December 1, 2014, and it needs to be investigated.