Judge Loya death 'serious', SC seeks Maharashtra view on probe

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shah’s involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit The Caravan

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shah’s involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit The Caravan

The Bombay Lawyers Association on Saturday claimed that a Supreme Court case asking to investigate the death of special Central Bureau of Investigation judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya was motivated and was filed only after the Bombay Lawyers Association had filed a similar case at the Bombay High Court. "They have mentioned that there is a threat to democracy and I think it needs to be looked into carefully". The group discussed threadbare the issues raised by the four judges.

Judge Loya's death has been oft discussed topic on the social media, as people demand a proper inquiry in the case and a balanced justice. The court agreed to hear it on Friday itself and marked it to the bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Shantanagoudar. The incident is unrprecedented, he added. Another party leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Singhvi, who was also not in Delhi, was also consulted.

Asked what the issues were, Justice Chelameswar said they included the "allocation of cases by CJI". It said the party is deeply perturbed by the developments.

On January 8 previous year, the Bombay Lawyers Association had filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court seeking a probe into Loya's death. Relying on a report in the 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. "The non-finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure has left almost 40 per cent of the sanctioned posts of the judges vacant, leading to delay in justice delivery", the statement said. "Can the Supreme Court ignore this allegation?"

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The CPI (M) meanwhile said the integrity and independence of the judiciary, is a vital pillar of the Constitution and non-negotiable.

According to the sister, Judge Loya had confided in her that Mohit Shah, who served as the chief justice of the Bombay High Court between June 2010 and September 2015, offered Loya a bribe of Rs 100 crore for a favourable judgment.

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