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

Both petitions were mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Thursday.

Petitioner Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone, a Maharashtra journalist, has also made the Centre a respondent. Justice Mishra, however, said the Bench will look into the petition and also consider the objections raised. The court agreed to hear it on Friday itself and marked it to the bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Shantanagoudar. 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 Supreme Court on Friday called the death of CBI Special Court and Additional Sessions Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya a "serious issue" and asked the Maharashtra government to produce all documents related to the case. In his plea, Poonawala contended that the circumstances around the death of the judge were questionable and mysterious.

The issue came under the spotlight in November past year after a report in Caravan magazine linked the circumstances surrounding Loya's death to the trial in Sohrabuddin case.

A news website, in its first part published had cast doubts on Loya's death, which was described to be due to heart attack.

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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.

"The criminal case in which the national president of BJP, was one of the accused, should be re-opened in view of the press conference held by the four judges of the Supreme Court", Naik said.

"We are filing an intervention with the Supreme Court to have this case heard by Bombay High Court, which is in charge of the subordinate judiciary of Maharashtra of which Judge Loya was a part", Abdi said.

As advocate Varinder Kumar Sharma initiated arguments briefly on behalf of the petitioner, Congress sympathiser and relative of Robert Vadra, Tehseen Poonawalla, the court said, "This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte".

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