SC dismisses probe into Judge Loya's death

Friday, 20 Apr, 2018

The apex court's decision labelled these petitions as "scandalous" and "an attack on the image of the Judiciary".

In the high-profile Sohrabuddin case, Amit Shah along with Rajasthan home minister Gulabchand Kataria, Rajasthan-based businessman Vimal Patni, former Gujarat police chief PC Pande, Additional Director General of Police Geeta Johri and Gujarat police officers Abhay Chudasama and NK Amin have already been discharged. "Hostility of the third petitioner to the Congress and proximity to the ruling BJP is well known", he said, and added that the Congress was not a petitioner. "The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him". Original petitioners before the court were Bombay Advocates Association.

The judge's death made national news as the Sohrabuddin encounter case which he was hearing had BJP president Amit Shah as one of the accused.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh also said Rahul Gandhi & Congress Party must apologise for their defamation campaign.

He also had attacked BJP for alleging that the "invisible" hand behind the petitions was that of Gandhi who tried to use the judiciary for "character assassination" of its chief Amit Shah. "It has happened before when UPA unleashed agencies in Ishrat Jahan, an LeT operative, case, which too collapsed!"

Also Read - Who Killed Judge Loya? "There should be no doubts and confusions after the verdict". There was no question of foul play in the death, he said, adding that the petition had personal interest and not public interest.

"It is a sad letter day in India's history".

"The people will continue to question [the cause of death of Judge Loya] and continue to question the Supreme Court's judgment".

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said there will be several questions unless "logical reasons" are found in the judgement.

"Documents placed on record and their scrutiny establishes that Loya's death was due to natural cause", it said.

"When there is very little proof that they are conspirators in a murder, the court must stand by the statements of the judicial officers". The stories speak for itself.

"It is unfortunate that the BJP is doing cheap politics even on the death of judge Loya. Everything seems managed. The media and opposition parties have been taking the issue up, but nothing seems to be coming of it", he told ThePrint over phone from Latur, Maharashtra.

The CPI (M) called for an independent investigation, and argued that the issue must be taken up by a larger Bench of the top court. This, the SC said, ate into precious court time, which could have been utilised to dispense justice in other cases. We were seeking the truth.