Congress party on Wednesday demanded an independent probe into the mysterious death of Judge Loya, who was presiding over the case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter at the time of his death.
The party fielded Kapil Sibal, Salman Khursheed and Randeep Surjewala to address the media on Wednesday afternoon. Their press conference came just two days after Janta Ka Reporter raised questions if the former CBI judge’s death was a case of an induced cardiac arrest. The key accused in Sohrabuddin Shaikh murder case was BJP President Amit Shah.
Sibal said that the democracy was in danger and this was precisely what the four top judges of the Supreme Court had said recently.
Speaking to media, Sibal, himself a senior Supreme Court lawyer, asked, “We want an independent investigating agency probing the death of Judge Loya and the events that followed up. When Rs 100 crore was offered as bribe to Judge Loya matter, why was no FIR filed by the judiciary? Why was no probe carried out? Who was being protected?
Sibal went on to ask why there was no mention of Judge Loya’s entry into the Rabi Bhavan guest house in Nagpur on 30 Novemver 2014. Judge Loya had travelled to Nagpur to attend a wedding when he suddenly died of cardiac arrest in a suspicion condition.
Sibal asked, “There’s no mention of Judge Loya’s name in the register of Ravi Bhavan guest house in Nagpur.”
The Congress leaders said that they didn’t want the outcome of the Judge Loya investigation to be same as that of the Vyapam probe, where influential people were protected.
You can read the chronology around Judge Loya’s mysterious death below;
- Sohrabuddin Fake encounter case was transferred from Gujarat to CBI Court, Mumbai on directions of the Supreme Court in 2012. It was directed that same Judge would preside over the trial from start to finish.
- Judge Utpat was designated as Special Judge, CBI Court, Mumbai to preside over the trial of Sohrabuddin case.
- In July 2014, Judge Utpat was transferred abruptly without prior permission of Supreme Court.
- Judge Loya was working as a Registrar, Bombay High Court under the the Chief Justice Sh. Mohit Shah. He was transferred as Special Judge, CBI, Mumbai for Sohrabuddin trial.
- Judge Loya was under tremendous pressure to hear the Sohrabuddin Fake encounter matter in haste and to pass an order in favor of an accused to discharge him from this matter. Judge Loya wanted to discharge his judicial function independently and did not want to compromise his honesty.
- He wanted to get away from this case to avoid such high pressure from many influential persons from political background and higher judiciary. During the hearing he also received a draft order for him to sign and to pass order of discharge favoring an accused before 30.12.2014. For this he was offered money of 100 crores to be collected from Nagpur alongwith a residential flat/property in Mumbai
- Judge Loya sought help from some of his known friends in Mumbai but couldn’t get any support from them.
- Thereafter around Second week of October 2014, he approached Adv. Satish Uke, a practicing Advocate of Nagpur city and a whistleblower through Adv. Shrikant Khandalkar another practicing Lawyer of Nagpur and who was friendly with Adv. Uke and another Lawyer and Retd District Judge Prakash Thombre who was also close to Adv Uke.
- Judge Loya wanted to divert attention from himself and sought intervention by Adv. Uke as Adv. Uke had filed matters against influential persons who were pressurizing Judge Loya to pass discharge order.
- Shrikant Khandalkar & Adv. Satish Uke were well known whistleblower of Nagpur City. Three of them i.e. Uke, Khandalkar and Thombre in presence of fourth unknown person facilitated a video call between Judge Loya and Satish Uke. During the video call conversation Judge Loya , apart from Chief Justice Mohit Shah took names of Justice B.R. Gavai, Devendra Fadnavis and Subhanshu Joshi (Advocate in Nagpur) as the persons pressurizing him to pass the discharge order. He also spoke about a draft order sent to him by these persons to discharge an accused in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Judge Loya also told that he will be sending a draft copy of order to Retd Judge Thombre.
- Thereafter within 2-3 days Copy of draft order received by Retd. Judge Thombre and was in custody of Thombre.
- Between 4th November 2014 to 09th November 2014 Adv. Satish Uke, Adv. Prakash Thombre and one of their friend came to Delhi to take opinion of a known Senior Lawyer in Delhi about this issue. Senior Lawyer concerned in his opinion did not consider the said material sufficient to approach the Court. So Adv Uke and Adv Prakash Thombre returned disappointed to Nagpur (their travelling records are available).
Suspicious Death of Judge Loya in Nagpur on 30.11.2014
- The police security provided to Judge Loya was withdrawn in Mumbai from 24.11.2014 and he was not provided any security in Nagpur.
- There is no travel record of Judge Loya travelling to Nagpur in Train from Mumbai.
- There is no entry of Judge Loya or Judge Modak in Occupancy register of Ravi Bhawan of 30.11.2014.
- Post Mortem of Judge Loya was conducted on 1/12/14 Time: at 10.50-11.50 a.m. by Doctor Tumram without information and consent of immediate family members.
- There are several discrepancies in the post mortem report which are self evident.
Suspicious deaths of Advocate Khandalkar and Retd. Judge Thombre who helped Judge Loya
- Thereafter Adv Khandalkar told Adv Uke that he is receiving threats from his erstwhile Senior, Justice B.R. Gavai and Adv. Ketki Joshi of Nagpur. After death of Judge Loya.
- Khandalkar’ s body was found in District Court premises of Nagpur allegedly fell from 8th storey on 29th November 2015 (28th November 2015 was closed for Court work on account of 4th Saturday), he was missing for two days.
- Judge Thombre was also receiving Life threats after death of Judge Loya as told to Adv. Uke from Subhanshu Joshi (husband of Ketki Joshi) and was also threatened that his pension will be stopped by Justice B.R.Gavai.
- Judge Thombre also died suspiciously while travelling in train from Nagpur to Bangalore on 16/5/2016 in Hyderabad. There is no FIR till date on this incident.
- Satish Uke was also threatened repeatedly, an attempt on his life was made on 08.06.2016, heavy weight iron material about 5000 kg’s suddenly fell on the office roof of Adv. Uke withing a minute of Adv Uke leaving his office for his house, which was just 50 steps away. This incident destroyed the office of Adv Uke completely. Adv Uke filed a Complaint in Police station Ajni, Nagpur, panchnama was done but till date no FIR or investigation in the said incident.