In a significant development, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the mysterious death of Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, who was hearing the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh at the time of his death. One of the accused persons in the alleged murder of Sohrabuddin was the BJP President Amit Shah.
Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear the case on Friday after lawyer Anita Shenoy moved the top court at the plea of Maharashtra-based journalist, Bandhuraj Sambhaji. The petitioner has sought for an independent inquiry into the case, reported Live Law.
Earlier, as many as 470 members of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association had written to the Chief Justice of India asking for an independent inquiry of Judge BH Loya. They had also sent a copy of the letter to the acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
Judge Loya was hearing the fake encounter case against Amit Shah, who also had to serve time in jail before being released. Loya was later found dead in mysterious circumstances while attending a wedding in Nagpur between the night of 30 November and the early morning of 1 December 2014.
A news website, in its first part published had cast doubts on Loya’s death, which was described to be due to heart attack.
The sister of the judge had later said that the then Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah allegedly made an offer of Rs 100 crore to her brother fabourable judgement.
According to the sister, Judge Loya had confided in her that Mohit Shah, who served as the chief justice of the Bombay High Court between June 2010 and September 2015, offered Loya a bribe of Rs 100 crore for a favourable judgment.
According to her, Mohit Shah “would call him late at night to meet in civil dress and pressure him to issue the judgment as soon as possible and to ensure that it is a positive judgment.” According to Biyani, “My brother was offered a bribe of 100 crore in return for a favourable judgment. Mohit Shah, the chief justice, made the offer himself.”
Days later, in a sensational twist to the mysterious death of Judge Loya, one of his former batch-mates had revealed that his friend was under tremendous pressure from the former chief justice of Bombay High Court, Justice Mohit Shah.
Uday Gaware, the batch-mate of Judge Loya, had told The Caravan magazine, “In 2014, Brijmohan Ji Loya visited Latur during the Diwali vacation. He also visited his village. During that period, I met him in the court. During that meeting, he spoke about the matter he was hearing, the Sohrabuddin murder case. He was under pressure because of the case. He had stopped talking to people. The otherwise jovial Brijmohan Loya was in tension. I saw it for the first time. He was pressurised.