SC to hear two PILs on Judge Loya's death today

SC to hear two PILs on Judge Loya's death today

Two PILs seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya would come up for consideration by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar would take up the PILs filed by Congress sympathiser Tehseen Poonawalla and Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone.

The allocation of the case –  relating to death of the Mumbai judge on December 1, 2014 – to Justice Mishra-led bench was cited as one of the reasons by the four senior-most judges to express their dissent against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, in public.

Earlier, hearing the matter, the bench led by Justice Mishra had on January 12 asked the Maharashtra government to bring all records, including post-mortem report of the dead judge. Judge Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case in which BJP president Amit Shah and senior police officers were accused. All of them were subsequently discharged. The court had then termed it as a serious matter.

Plea rejected

On the last date of hearing, senior advocate Dushyant Dave, along with senior advocate Indira Jaising, had submitted before the court, since a similar plea seeking an independent probe into the death of judge Loya was pending before the Bombay High Court, the apex court should not hear it. The court, however, had rejected their plea.

Poonawalla subsequently had accused Dave of asking him to withdraw his plea on the ground that the bench would not deal with the case favourably. He said Dave himself had earlier volunteered to argue the matter but subsequently tried to convince him against pursuing it.  

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