CJI Dipak Misra headed SC bench to hear Justice Loya death case today

Supreme Court rejects petitions urging investigation into death of Justice BH Loya

New Delhi, Jan 22: A Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra decided to hear pleas submitted before the apex court to investigate into the mysterious death of special CBI court judge justice BH Loya in 2014.

According to the list of business released by the Supreme Court registry on Saturday, apart from CJI, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud will also be on the bench.

Earlier this week, 4 senior-most judges- Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph of the SC took to public to critise CJI for allocating sensitive cases to junior judges, the Loya case being the trigger of dispute. Judge Loya, then presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, died in Nagpur on December 1, 2014.

The judges called the press conference after the Judge Loya case was assigned to Justice Arun Mishra, who is number 10 in the Supreme Court hierarchy.

Justice Arun Mishra reportedly broke down at a meeting of judges at the Supreme Court lounge, saying he was being “unfairly” targeted. He was comforted by Justice Chelameswar as well as the Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Misra reached out to the judges, who rank after him in seniority, and held discussions twice last week — once in the presence of the four other judges. “The ice is melting,” said sources about the judges’ talks, but there is no formal resolution yet.

Judge Loya died of a heart attack in December 2014, while he was hearing a case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was accused of murder. Mr Shah was discharged from the case by the new judge who said there was no evidence to merit a trial.

Two months ago, Judge Loya’s relatives alleged that his death was unnatural. Speaking to the Caravan magazine, his sister Anuradha Biyani claimed there was blood on his clothes. Another relative alleged that Judge Loya was offered a huge bribe. But the police and a judge who was with Judge Loya during his last hours, rubbished the family’s claims.

Petitions asking for an investigation have been filed by activist Tehseen Poonawala and a journalist from Maharashtra, BS Lone. BS Lone on Monday told media that the former Judge is served justice. While asserting that he has complete faith in the Indian judicial system, Lone hoped for a favourable verdict. Lone further welcomed the constitution of a new bench to hear the matter and said that it is crucial to end all doubts in the connection

While asserting that he has complete faith in the Indian judicial system, Lone hoped for a favourable verdict.

Judge Loya’s son Anuj Loya told the media on January 14 that the family has no suspicions now and his father’s death was being politicised. “There was some suspicion before due to emotional turmoil, but now it is clear,” Anuj Loya said.