Supreme Court rejects petitions urging investigation into death of Justice BH Loya

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in the Judge B.H. Loya case, rejecting PILs seeking a SIT investigation into his death.

Hours after the Supreme Court dismissed a batch of petitions that sought an independent inquiry into the death of Special Central Bureau of Investigation Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, the Bharatiya Janata Party criticised the Congress, while the opposition party said many questions were still unanswered. While the BJP and the Congress were locked in a high-decibel back-and-forth over the Supreme Court's ruling, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to say: "Indians are deeply intelligent".

Earlier in the day, the Congress said Loya's death had caused concern among large sections of people as he was trying the Tulsiram Prajapati-Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, in which BJP president Amit Shah was then an accused. "As Rahul Gandhi has failed to do on ground politics, the apex court has exposed his conspiracy to use the judiciary for his political rivalry", he said while terming the attempt as unfortunate.

The Supreme Court, in its verdict, said statement of the lower judges, who accompanied Justice Loya to a hospital in Nagpur before his death, can not be doubted.

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Loya had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on 1 December, 2014, when he was attending the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

The BJP's attempt to misinterpret the Supreme Court judgement reflects their jitteriness and frustration. "It was filed to cause damage to our party (BJP) President Amit Shah in particular".

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said in its 114-page judgment, "We have come to the conclusion that there is absolutely no merit in the writ petitions. Congress.It wanted to frame Amit Shah", he said. Intervenor was Centre for Public Interest Litigation.

Congress party was not a petitioner before the Supreme Court.

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Every hearing in the case was explosive, with the petitioners and the government hurling accusations at each other.

The court further observed that the petitions were "frivolous and motivated" and filed to settle political rivalry.

The petitioners had launched a veiled attempt to malign the judiciary and the credibility of judicial institutions was questioned, the three-judge bench said and criticised the attempts by senior advocates and activist lawyers Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising and Prashant Bhushan to make insinuations against judges, including that of the apex court.

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