New Delhi, Jan 12: 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 apex court was hearing a petition seeking an independent inquiry into the case.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B R Lone. He submitted that a fair probe must be conducted into the mysterious death of Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin encounter case in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named.

Justice Loya had died in a mysterious condition when he went to a friend’s relative marriage in Nagpur. Loya had alleged that he was under immense pressure while hearing Sohrabuddin encounter case.

The issue came under the spotlight in November last year after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.

A total of 23 accused, including police personnel, are facing trial for their involvement in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and their associate Tulsidas Prajapati in Gujarat in November 2005. The case was later transferred to CBI and the trial was shifted to Mumbai.

(With inputs from agencies)