New Delhi, July 30: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the Bombay Lawyers Association’s plea to recall and review the apex court’s judgment into the alleged mysterious death of Judge Brijmohan Harikishan Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Also Read - Remove Farmers From Delhi-Noida Border, Protests Blocking Emergency Medical Services: Plea in SC
A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had on April 19 rejected a plea seeking SIT probe in Judge Loya’s death saying that he died of “natural causes” and the case doesn’t merit a further inquiry. “We have come to the conclusion that there is absolutely no merit in the writ petitions. There is no reason for the court to doubt the clear and consistent statements of the four judicial officers.” Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Seems To Lack Consistency, Says NCP Chief Sharad Pawar
“It gives a sense of anguish that the proceedings were converted to scandalise the judiciary bordering on contempt,” the bench had said. (Also Read: BJP Demands Apology From Congress After SC Dismisses PIL in Judge Loya Death) Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Slams Modi Government Over Coronavirus Vaccine, Asks 'What Does PM Stand By'
“The documentary material on the record indicates that the death of Judge Loya was due to natural causes. There is no ground for the court to hold that there was reasonable suspicion about the cause or circumstances of death which would merit a further inquiry,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
Following the verdict, a war of words had then begun between the political parties. Reacting to the judgment, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “The verdict marks a sad day in India’s history. The Supreme Court verdict has left many questions unanswered. There were discrepancies in the post-mortem report, even in recording the name of the victim properly.”
While Congress leaders termed the judgment as a sad in history, Union Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to hail the verdict and said that it was a clear message that the judiciary cannot be misled. He had said that “several attempts of targeting the BJP and assassinating the character of its top leaders on the basis of ‘fake facts’. These attempts have failed miserably once again.”