New Delhi, Feb 5: Perturbed by heated arguments during hearing on Justice Loya death case, Supreme Court on Monday asked senior lawyers not to make courtroom a “fish market”. The arguments ensued soon after senior lawyer Pallav Shishodia opposed an independent probe into the death of Justice B H Loya who died in mysterious conditions while attending a wedding in Nagpur. Also Read - Sudarshan TV Row: 'Free Speech, Not Hatred,' Supreme Court Says Media Self-regulation System Toothless
Appearing for the Bombay Lawyers Association, Dave said that the Sisodia’s submissions are intended towards burying the case. “The nature of your submissions have exposed you. This petition was filed here so that the matter could be buried. It was mentioned and listed before court 10 for that. Now your submissions have exposed the same” Bar and Bench quoted Dave as saying. [Also read: Amid Rift in Supreme Court, CJI Dipak Misra to Hear Justice Loya Case] Also Read - 2021 Haridwar Kumbh: In a First, Number of Pilgrims to Be Restricted; Entry Passes to Be Issued
Dave added that Shishodia also appeared for Bhartiya Janata Party Chief Amit Shah and he is in a conflict of interest.“You had appeared for Amit Shah and now you are appearing for the petitioner“, said Dave. [Also read: Justice Loya death case: No record of hospital treatment, says petitioner’s lawyer] Also Read - Regulate Digital Media First: Centre Tells SC in Affidavit Filed in Response to Pleas Against Sudarshan TV
Charging on the accusation, Sisodia said that he does not care Dave’s claims. “Dave, we don’t care what you say. You can go to hell or heaven or wherever you want”, retorted Shishodia.
Infuriated by rising levels of decibel, Justice D Y Chandrachud said that courtroom cannot be reduced to a fish market. “Let us not reduce the dialogue in this court to the level of fish market. You should at least have regard for the two portraits in this room. You should not shout down the judge. You have to listen to me Mr. Dave”, said Chandrachud. [Also read: Former Navy chief Ramdas files plea in SC for independent probe into judge Loya’s death]
This is not the first time when such a heated argument took place in the matter in the Supreme Court. Earlier, Dave had also raised questions on senior lawyer Harish Salve. “Mr Salve had earlier appeared for Amit Shah, now Rajya Sabha MP, in the case and now switched side. This is a serious case of conflict of interest. This matter calls for judicial indulgence as there are serious contradictions,” Dave alleged.