New Delhi, Apr 19: The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI Judge B H Loya today. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud reserved the verdict last month after hearing all the parties in the case. Also Read - Remove Farmers From Delhi-Noida Border, Protests Blocking Emergency Medical Services: Plea in SC
During the last hearing, the Maharashtra government told the Supreme Court that the batch of petitions seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya were motivated and aimed at targeting “one individual” in the guise of upholding the rule of law. It said the idea behind these petitions was to keep the “pot boiling” against this individual. Also Read - Historic! Install CCTV in All Police Stations, CBI, NIA, ED, NCB, Including Interrogation Rooms: Supreme Court
“The idea behind these petitions is to keep the pot boiling. The newspapers will have a field day. Entire sequence in this case is now before the court. The statement of judges who were along with Loya in his last moments are before the court. If the last scene theory is applied, then the last scene persons are the two judges of Bombay high court and district judges,” senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra, said. Also Read - 'What Is This Behaviour': Supreme Court Angry After Lawyer Appears Shirtless During Online Hearing
On the other hand, the Bombay Lawyers Association told the Supreme Court that the late Judge Loya’s family might have been coerced into saying that they do not want fresh probe into his death, but suspicious circumstances surrounding it warrants an independent probe. Senior counsel Dushyant Dave had recounted the sequence of events and told the court that “there is a suspicion around the death of Judge Loya”.
A batch of partitions were filed by activist Tehseen Poonawala, the Bombay Lawyers Association, Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone, NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and others seeking an independent probe into Judge Loya’s death. Judge Loya was holding the trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah was an accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Later, Shah was discharged in the case. Judge Loya died in November 2014. (With agency inputs)