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SC dismisses plea for independent probe in judge Loya caseJudge Loya. File photo

SC dismisses plea for independent probe in judge Loya case

Top court pulls up petitioners for ‘scandalising’ judiciary19 Apr 2018 | 6:49 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed PILs seeking an independent probe into the December 2014 death of judge BH Loya in Nagpur. The top court pulled up petitioners for “filing frivolous PILs and attempting to malign and scandalise the judiciary”.

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Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 19

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed PILs seeking an independent probe into the December 2014 death of judge BH Loya in Nagpur.

The top court pulled up petitioners for “filing frivolous PILs and attempting to malign and scandalise the judiciary”.

A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said there was no reason to doubt the statements of the four judges who were with Loya on the fateful night to attend a marriage in Nagpur.

The Bench agreed with the Maharashtra Government that it was a natural death caused by cardiac arrest.

There were five PILs before the top court seeking a court-monitored SIT probe. All these petitions have been dismissed.

The Bench made harsh adverse comments on the PIL petitioners for filing “frivolous petitions attacking the independence of judiciary”.

The Bench, also comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud, noted that the petitioners’ conduct amounted to criminal contempt of court. But it chose not to issue contempt notice to the petitioners.

Loya had died of cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter. 

He was handling the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named. Shah was later exonerated in the case. 

His death has been hitting headlines since November 2017 after media reports quoting his sister raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his death and its alleged link to the Sohrabuddin case. 

After Loya’s death, special judge MB Gosavi had discharged Shah and some other accused.

The top court had witnessed heated exchanges between lawyers for petitioners and those representing the Maharashtra Government, with the petitioners levelling allegations against several judges of the Bombay High Court.

Interestingly, his son had come on record saying the family didn’t want any probe.

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NEW DELHI: At least 48 MPs and MLAs have declared cases related to crime against women, with BJP having the highest number of such politicans at 12, a report said on Thursday amid a nation-wide outrage over rape incidents, including in UP's Unnao where a ruling party lawmaker is an accused.

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NEW DELHI: The SBI on Thursday said people in smaller towns can withdraw up to Rs 2,000 a day from its PoS machines at retail outlets free of charge, a move aimed at easing cash crunch in some parts of the country.

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