New Delhi, Apr 20: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday accused the Congress of using impeachment as a political tool. He was referring to the impeachment motion moved by Opposition against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. In a blog titled ‘Judge Loya Death Case – The One That Almost Created a Judicial Mutiny’, Jaitley wrote that BJP President Amit Shah had nothing to do with Sohrabuddin Case, and Judge Loya died a natural death, which was witnessed by members of the judiciary.
“It is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the Congress Party has been established in the Justice Loya death case. It is an attempt to intimidate a Judge and send a message to other Judges, that if you don’t agree with us, fifty MP’s are enough for a revenge action. The charges read out are issues those which have been settled by judicial orders or by precedent. Some issues are stale, trivial and have nothing to do with judicial functions,” he wrote.
He said that a reading of the judgement (Judge Loya Death Case) “exposes every fact of the conspiracy to generate falsehood as propaganda in the public and political space.”
“Never ever so blatantly in the past have national political parties, a few retired judges and some senior lawyers so closely identified themselves with the generation of falsehood that they almost come out as conspirators. A detailed analysis of the facts and the role played by some groups is necessary since I suspect such attempts will also be made in the future,” he wrote in the blog.
On Amit Shah
Arun Jaitley wrote that Shah had no role in Sohrabuddin case and the alleged encounter was executed by some central agencies through the State Police.
“The primary piece of evidence sought to be introduced to link Amit Shah with the encounter was that of two persons – Ramanbhai Patel and Dasrathbhai Patel, both noted land grabbers, who had given evidence against Amit Shah. Both claimed that they had gone to Amit Shah’s office to meet him to have a Preventive Detention Order under PASA passed against them, withdrawn. He had demanded Rs.75 lakhs from them, which was paid on certain specific dates through one Ajay Patel in instalments. In the course of this meeting, Amit Shah had made some casual statement on why Sohrabuddin had to be killed,” he wrote.
Jaitley wrote that the evidence was false. He said the visitors never visited Shah and no PASA order were issued against the “two Patels.” “Thirdly, some of the dates on which the instalments of Rs.75 lakhs were allegedly paid by Patel were dates on which Ajay Patel’s passport shows that he was not in India. On this flimsy evidence, any court would have discharged Amit Shah,” the Minister observed.
He wrote that it did not matter to Shah as to which judge heard the case against him as he was discharged in the case.
Judge Loya’s Death
He wrote that Judge Loya had a chest pain on 1st December, 2o14 when two other district judges were with him. “They had telephoned two other colleagues from judiciary and thus the four District Judge level officers took Judge Loya to hospital in their car where an ECG was conducted, preliminary treatment was given and the case was referred to a specialized cardiology hospital. By the time he reached the cardiology hospital, probably the condition worsened and he passed away. Efforts were made for revival but the same unfortunately failed,” he said.
He further said that the four judges, the doctors and the medical staff had access to him. He added that the post-mortem revealed that the cause of death was cardiac problems. He called the news piece raising doubts about his death “a fake news.”
Seven political parties and 71 MPs signed a motion to impeach Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. They met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and submitted a notice of impeachment motion. Since seven MPs retired, the number of MPs stand at 64, which is more than the required number to move impeachment proceedings.