Supreme Court rules out investigation into Judge Loya’s death
The Apex Court ruled out investigation into the death of special CBI judge BH Loya on Thursday. It dismissed a number of petitions that demanded an independent probe into the matter.
Judge Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, died of cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur.
The issue of his death came in notice last November after media reports quoting his sister showed suspicion about the circumstances surrounding the death and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.
But Loya’s son, on January 14, said his father died of natural causes.
The Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of November 2005 also includes the alleged killing of his wife Kausar Bi and their associate Tulsiram Prajapati.
A clutch of petitions, including those filed by activist Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based journalist BS Lone, was moved in the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of Judge Loya. The court later termed it as a “serious matter”.
In March, the Supreme Court bench had reserved judgment on the pleas.
The Maharashtra government argued that all the pleas seeking an independent probe into the judge’s death were motivated and aimed at targeting “one individual”.
Those seeking a probe, however, referred to the sequence of events to highlight that a fair investigation was needed to rule out any foul play in Judge Loya’s death.