SC seeks judge Loya's autopsy report, says 'matter very serious'

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

The Supreme Court on Friday said the mysterious death of CBI judge Brijgopal Loya is a serious issue and the Maharashtra government should produce all documents related to his death in the court by Monday.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R.Lone before the Supreme Court. They had also sent a copy of the letter to the acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Court. "If the court goes ahead with the hearing, it may have implications before the high court", Dave said. He had died on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. The bench said it would consider the objections.

Advocate Varinder Kumar Sharma, appearing for another petitioner Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala, said this is a case where a mysterious death of a judge has taken place on December 1, 2014 and it needs to be investigated.

A PIL seeking a probe into Loya's death was also filed before the Bombay high court on January 8 by the Bombay Lawyers' Association. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave had said Loya's death had occurred in "extremely suspicious circumstances".

Justice Loya was over looking the judgement on the Soharbuddin Sheikh encounter case, in which, according to the CBI, Amit Shah had been responsible for the murder of Soharbuddin, along with his wife and a friend, who had been an eye witness of Sheikh's killing. Shah was minister of state for home in the Modi government in Gujarat at the time of the encounter.

Justice Loya's death in mysterious circumstances had become one of the most debated issues of the previous year, and it looks like the case has bled into the year as well.

Relying on a report in the Caravan Magazine, the lawyers' association moved the Bombay High Court contending that Loya was under tremendous pressure while he presided over the alleged Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. He was the CBI judge hearing the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, which was transferred by the Supreme Court from Gujarat to Mumbai in September 2013.

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