Judge Loya death: Don’t want to make allegations against anyone, stop harassing us, says son

"We faced some pressure from politicians and NGOs. We don’t want to name anyone, but please excuse my family from continuously asking about my father's death," Judge Loya's son Anuj said

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 14, 2018 11:49 pm
Anuj Loya Anuj Loya S/O Justice Brijopal Loya held a PC at Nariman point in Mumbai on Sunday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Speaking to the media for the first time since a controversy erupted over the death of special CBI Judge  Brijmohan Harikishan Loya, who had been hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, his son Anuj said the family did not want to blame anyone and asked not to be harassed.

The row over Loya’s death was reignited after the four most senior judges of the Supreme Court on Friday alleged that cases having far-reaching consequences for the nation and the institution had been assigned by the CJI selectively to benches ‘of their preference’. Asked if it was about the petitions seeking a probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, Justice Gogoi replied in the affirmative.

The Caravan Magazine had reported last year that members of Loya’s family, among them his father Harikishan Loya and sisters Anuradha Biyani and Savita Mandhane, had alleged that the judge’s death was suspicious. Loya had died in 2014 when he was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh ‘fake encounter’ case, in which BJP chief Amit Shah was an accused but was later discharged.

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Addressing a press conference, Anuj Loya said the family had no suspicion over his father’s death. “I’m going through media reports in the past few days. I had an emotional turmoil, hence I had suspicions about his death. But now we don’t have any doubts about the way he died. We do not want to make any allegations against anyone,” the second-year student said.

With tears in his eyes, he also urged NGOs and politicians to stop “harassing” his family. “We faced some pressure from politicians and NGOs. We don’t want to name anyone, but please excuse my family from continuously asking about my father’s death,” he said.

Justice BH Loya, Justice BH Loya death, Amit Shah, Justice AP Shah, CBI judge Loya, Justice Loya murder, Justice Loya controversy, fake encounter case Amit Shah, Sohrabuddin Sheikh case Judge Loya had died in 2014 when he was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh ‘fake encounter’ case. (File Photo)

In a separate statement, District judge (retired) KB Katake, a friend of Judge Loya, said the family didn’t want to be a victim of politics. “Family of Judge Loya is being harassed. Many people are visiting his house and harassing him. We have no suspicion on his death. Do not want to be victims of any politics,” he said.

The family’s lawyer, Ameet Naik, reiterated that there was no need of politicising the issue. “There is no controversy. No need of politicising the issue. This is a tragic event. We do not want to be victims of politicisation of the issue. Let it remain the way it is, non- controversial,” Naik said. The petition in the Loya case is currently being heard by a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan M Shantanagoudar and is due to come up for hearing on January 15.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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  1. Kuriakose Varkey Pariarath
    Jan 15, 2018 at 4:07 am
    Be the father’s son. If at all someone is forcing you to speak this way resist it for the country’s sake and speak the truth. Nation and history will honor you
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    1. deepak sankhla
      Jan 15, 2018 at 3:28 am
      A very pertinent price in TOI has highlighted the fact in last 20 years, many case of 'high importance' have been allocated to the so called 'junior' judges and were handled by them in a professional manner. This whole drama ofd the 4 so called 'senior' SC judges is nothing but a political drama propped by Congress the Left!
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      1. deepak sankhla
        Jan 15, 2018 at 3:29 am
        piece
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        1. Lolo Singh
          Jan 15, 2018 at 4:33 am
          With due respect EVERYBODY knows (excluding you, I guess) that TOI is OWNED by the BJP!!!
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          1. deepak sankhla
            Jan 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm
            Lolo Singh (pseudonym bigot) truth hurts, ain't it??
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          2. Kuriakose Varkey Pariarath
            Jan 15, 2018 at 4:11 am
            If congress can “buy” four seniormost judges as you say, if they are that smart, in India do you think BJP will be in power now? Then BJP’s definition of Pappu should be re written
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            1. deepak sankhla
              Jan 15, 2018 at 4:22 am
              With due respect, I suggest you read the article in TOI before commenting. PLEASE!
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            2. Sideon Sid
              Jan 15, 2018 at 1:46 pm
              NONSENSE. TOI has selectively picked only 15 cases to push their biased narrative. It is only a fraction of the cases that have come before the SC in the last 20 years . Every case that reaches the Apex court is of high importance .
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            3. Rohit gupta
              Jan 15, 2018 at 3:14 am
              By saying important matters should be heard by collegium,we are creating a new confusion,what are important matters ,I.e. are PIL only important matters as any case at this stage will be having substantive question of law.cases should be allocated omly and that can be done be with the help of software or manual manner as judgement of all judges have equal effect,by creating a senior -junior judge kind of thing -as are creating a new kind of class within judiciary which will promote faction.
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              1. ajith Mallu
                Jan 15, 2018 at 3:10 am
                The boy looks confused. I feel sorry for him. No one knows whether he is even under duress. The case has to be investigated with the supervison of supreme court.
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                1. deepak sankhla
                  Jan 15, 2018 at 3:32 am
                  Ofcourse he and his family are under duress and emotional turmoil due to the hounding of vested interest fuelled NGO's and individuals who want to 'milk' the untimely and unfortunate demise of judge BH Loya.
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                2. Asokan Andy
                  Jan 15, 2018 at 2:40 am
                  This should be the end of it. Rahul Gandhi and party can try digging up some other dirt.. These guys are pathetic. Why they are panicking , till now there is not even one single case of corruption in the Central govt..Have to dig up or create issues like this
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