Apex Court rules out independent probe in Justice Loya’s death

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Apex Court on Thursday dismissed a batch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of CBI judge B H Loya.

Judge Loya died due to cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, attending the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said attempts were made to scandalize the judiciary by leveling serious allegations against judicial officers and judges’ officer and judges of the Bombay High Court.

They heard the petitions amidst criticism that the Supreme Court intends to throw away the PILs.

“All litigation concerning circumstances of the death of judge Loya is concluded. Supreme Court decision is final,” the apex court said.

‘The PIL is a misuse of judicial process and time,” said Justice DY Chandrachud.

Referring to submissions made by petitioners that Justice Chandrachud and Khanwilkar should rescue from hearing the case because they were from the Bombay High Court, the court said, “It amounts to scandalizing the judiciary.”

“PIL are brazenly misused for personal agenda or finishing off political rivals. The PILs, in this case, was a façade to malign the dignity of judicial officers and Bombay High Court judges.”

Judge Loya was the special CBI judge hearing the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh Encounter case in which BJP-president Amit Shah was once accused. Shah was discharged from the case by Loya’s successor.

Chief Justice Misra while hearing the petition in a series of marathon sessions, assured the petitioners about the highest amount of seriousness with which the court is examining their plea even calling it a cause.

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