There was suspicion earlier but not now: Judge Loya’s son Anuj Loya


Judge BH Loya’s son on Sunday told reporters that the chain of events over the last few days had left his family pained adding that they did not want politicisation of his father’s death.

In a especially convened press conference, Anuj Loya said, “Our family is pained with the chain of events in past few days. Please don’t harass us.”

ABP News quoted him as saying, “I don’t have any suspicion and it’s clear. There was suspicion earlier during the emotional turmoil period but not now. I am no one to decide whether to carry out further probe or not.”

Judge Loya had died in November 2014 reportedly of cardiac arrest in Nagpur. He was presiding over a case related to the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin murder at the time of his death. BJP President Amit Shah was one of the key accused in the murder case.

However, Judge Loya’s sister in December last year had sensationally alleged that her brother may have been murdered. One of Judge Loya’s close batch-mates too had recalled how his friend was under immense pressure while hearing the case of Sohrabuddin murder.

The Supreme Court on Friday admitted a petition seeking an independent inquiry into Judge Loya’s mysterious death. The same day, four senior most judges of the Supreme Court had spoken to media to claim that the administration in the top court was not in order adding that they were not happy with the way certain politically sensitive case was being assigned by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to relatively junior judges.

The case was handed to Justice Arun Mishra, who’s the 10th in the pecking order in the Supreme Court, who adjourned the hearing for four weeks. Noted Supreme Court lawyer, Dushyant Dave, on Sunday alleged that Justice Arun Mishra had links with top BJP leaders.

Some of the most significant cases that had considerable impact on the Indian democracy were the Sahara Birla bribery case, Medical Council of India scam and more recently the mysterious death of Judge BH Loya.

In Sahara-Birla diary case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was being accused of having received in excess of Rs 25 crore as bribe from an industrialist during his time as Gujarat Chief Minister. The case was assigned to bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, even though he would not be heading a bench otherwise.

Days later, the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra simply dismissed the case. This is how Janta Ka Reporter had reported the case,

“The high-voltage hearing was conducted by a new bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy which said “courts have to be on guard” while dealing with matters demanding probe against high functionaries as the case in hand was devoid of any “cogent” material or “independent evidence corroborating materials” to order investigation.”

The hearing of MCI scam had seen an unprecedented stormy scene as noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan stormed out of the Supreme Court after a heated exchange of words with CJI Dipak Misra.

Days later, another bench, where Justice Arun Mishra was part of, dismissed a plea by Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms seeking Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the MCI scam case and imposed a cost of Rs 25 lakhs on it.