Death of Judge Loya: Here Is What We Know & What We Don’t Know

Death of Judge Loya
Death of Judge Loya

The death of judge BH Loya in 2014 while deciding on murder charges against BJP president Amit Shah will not be investigated.  Supreme Court on 19 April said that there would be no probe into Judge Loya death. Rejecting petitions for an independent investigation into Judge BH Loya case, the Supreme Court said, “These petitions are scandalous”

The Supreme Court judgment slammed the petitioners for “maligning” the judiciary.

Here is what court said

Death of Judge Loya
Death of Judge Loya

A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud heard the petitions amidst criticism that the Supreme Court intends to “throw away” the PILs. The PILs are a misuse of judicial process and time,” Justice Chandrachud said.

Referring to submissions made by petitioners that Justices Chandrachud and Khanwilkar should recuse from hearing the case because they were from the Bombay High Court, the court said “it amounts to “scandalising the judiciary.”

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

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

What is the Justice Loya case? 

Death of Judge Loya
Death of Judge Loya

Loya, who was presiding over the trial of Amit Shah and Gujarat police officers in the “fake” encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, died on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur.

Initial reports claimed he had a heart attack.

Here are top five facts on the Judge Loya case

Death of Judge Loya
Death of Judge Loya

Medical records show Judge Loya died of a cardiac arrest. Judge Loya’s family alleges that days before his death, he was offered Rs. 100 crores as a bribe to rule in favour of the BJP chief.

About two weeks after Judge Loya died, the judge who replaced him in the Sohrabuddin case discharged Amit Shah and ruled out a trial.

The family’s doubts have been rubbished by officials and doctors present during Judge Loya’s last few hours alive. A judge who was with him, Justice Bhushan Gavai, said there was no sign of any cover-up or mystery about how he died.

Death of Judge Loya
Death of Judge Loya

Justice Gavai countered the family’s claim that Judge Loya was transferred to hospital in an autorickshaw and without appropriate supervision. The judge was driven to a local hospital with a court official and a judge from Mumbai, he told NDTV.

The CBI had alleged that Amit Shah, as Home Minister of Gujarat, ordered the extra-judicial killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a petty criminal in Gujarat, his wife, and their friend who was a witness to Sheikh’s killing in 2005.

Many politicians and eminent personalities tweeted after top court’s verdict

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