Almost a year after retirement, the judge says that the controversy surrounding the death in 2014 of special CBI court judge B H Loya, has prompted him to examine various orders passed by him and other judges in the matter.
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The three-page memorandum also mentioned the death of “two of Judge Loya’s alleged confidants”, activist lawyer Shrikant Khandalkar and retired district judge Prakash Thombre.
The assertion was made by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi during a hearing on petitions seeking a probe into the death of CBI judge B H Loya in 2014. Loya took over the case after the transfer in June 2014 of Utpat to Pune.
Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, had died allegedly of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014
Rahul Gandhi said that all the opposition leaders “want to have a proper investigation done by an independent structure that gives us the outcome.”
Uke had hit the headlines recently after Sibal and other Congress leaders appeared with him at a press conference where the lawyer claimed that he was privy to information on late CBI Special Judge B H Loya.
The move comes days after the Congress raised fresh allegations regarding the judge’s death, demanded a probe by non-NIA, non-CBI officers and attempted to link two more deaths to the case.
On Monday, petitioners in the case told the Supreme Court that there was no entry of the Loya’s name in the register of Ravi Bhavan where he is said to have spent the night on November 30, 2014 while on a visit to Nagpur to attend the marriage of a colleague’s daughter.
Judge Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, had died allegedly of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.
The petitions were filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla and Maharashtra journalist B S Lone.
On January 16, the matter was heard by a two-judge bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar which adjourned the matter by a week without fixing any date to hear it.
One of the four senior-most judges, who held the unprecedented press conference last Friday, had said the matter involving judge Loya’s death was one of the issues underpinning their differences with Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
“People should know who was responsible for the judge’s death. A detailed probe should take place to inquire about his death. If a judge gets no justice what will happen to the common man,” Mumbai Congress unit president Sanjay Nirupam questionned.
The party pointed out “contradictions” in the statements of various family members of the judge, who died in 2014