Judge Loya Death: SC denies further probe into case, raps petitioners for 'misuse of PILs'
The apex court has maintained that the Special CBI Judge died of natural causes.
April 19, 2018 / 12:05 PM IST
The Supreme Court today dismissed petitions demanding an independent probe into the death of Special CBI Judge Brijmohan Harikishan Loya asserting that the death was due to natural causes.
The verdict was pronounced by a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra and comprising of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar.
The bench observed that the petition was an attempt to "scandalise the judiciary" by petitioners who alleged that Judge Loya had died in “mysterious circumstances”.
The apex court also stated that the demand for an independent probe into the death of Judge Loya was a "veiled attempt to launch a frontal attack on the independence of judiciary".
The SC also said that the conduct by the petitioners warrants a criminal contempt and that the court had decided to spare them that action.
The controversy around the death of Judge Loya after a publication did a story investigating the circumstances of his death.
Loya was visiting Nagpur to attend the wedding of his colleague’s daughter when he died of a cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014. Before his demise, Judge Loya was hearing the high profile case of the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
Opposition parties led by the Congress had alleged foul play and had met President Ram Nath Kovind to seek an independent probe into the death of the Special CBI Judge.
In fact, Rahul Gandhi had the judge had died “under suspicious circumstances” and as a country “it is owed to them that a fresh investigation be done effectively and properly”.