Supreme Court to Hear Plea for Probe Into Judge Loya's Death Tomorrow

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

The criminal case against BJP president Amit Shah should be re-opened in view of Friday's press conference by four senior Supreme Court judges, Goa Congress state president Shantaram Naik demanded on Saturday. His family has raised doubts over the circumstances in which Judge Loya died and have sought an independent probe into it. Interestingly, a PIL filed by Bombay Lawyers' Association seeking an inquiry commission headed by a retired SC judge to look into Loya's death is pending before Bombay high court. To this, he said, "the Bombay High Court is seized of the matter and in my opinion the Supreme Court should not hear this matter".

Abdi said that Mumbai journalist BS Lone filed a case with the apex court only after the association's case got media coverage and that this was "motivated" to get the case assigned for a favourable outcome. Relying on a report in the magazine, the lawyers' association moved the Bombay High Court contending that Loya was under tremendous pressure while he presided over the alleged Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. The bench said it would consider the objections. Judge Loya died in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

The issue came in the spotlight in November a year ago after a report by Caravan magazine linking the circumstances surrounding his death to the trial in the Sohrabuddin case.

Sohrabuddin Sheikh was killed in 2005 in an alleged fake encounter by a team of the Gujarat police, which claimed that he was a member of the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist outfit.

He, however, refused to divulge the name of the senior lawyer. I have nothing to do with the politics surrounding the case.

He said he had told the senior advocate that he will not withdraw the petition as "I have full belief in the institution".