New Delhi: On Thursday, Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking independent investigation into Judge B H Loya’s death case. There was no merit in the petitions, apex court said. “There is no reason to doubt the statements of sitting Judges. Petitioners are trying to malign the judiciary,” said SC.
Loya had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had on March 16 reserved the judgement on the pleas.
The investigation was done professionally by Nagpur Police and those documents and evidence have been presented in the SC, the decision is based on that. The petitions were wrong as they unaware of the truth:Shivaji Bodkhe, Joint CP Nagpur on SC's verdict on #JudgeLoya Death case pic.twitter.com/tbn9xZTsdK
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2018
CBI judge Loya was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
The issue of Loya’s death had come under 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 January 14 said in Mumbai that his father had died of natural causes. In the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, BJP President Amit Shah along with Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria, Rajasthan-based businessman Vimal Patni, former Gujarat police chief P C Pande, Additional Director General of Police Geeta Johri and Gujarat police officers Abhay Chudasama and N K Amin have already been discharged, reported PTI.