The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled out an investigation into the death of special CBI judge BH Loya, dismissing a clutch of petitions that demanded an independent probe into the matter. Judge Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, died of cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur, where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.
The apex court said the PIL was 'bereft of any truth' and an attempt to malign the judiciary. It said Judge Loya died a natural death and there was not a shred of doubt about it.
The issue of his death came under the spotlight in November last year after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding it and its link to the Sohrabuddin case. But Loya’s son, on January 14, said his father died of natural causes. In March, the Supreme Court bench — comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud — had reserved judgment on the pleas.
The Maharashtra government, opposing the petitions in the top court, argued that all the pleas seeking an independent probe into the judge’s death were motivated and aimed at targeting “one individual” in the guise of upholding the rule of law. It came down heavily on the alleged accusations, bullying and browbeating of judges in the top court by some activist lawyers and said the judiciary and judicial officers need to be saved from such averments.
Those seeking a probe, however, referred to the sequence of events to highlight that a fair investigation was needed to rule out any foul play in Judge Loya’s death.
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