SC dismisses PIL's on Justice Loya death calling them frivolous, motivated litigation filed to settle political rivalry

Team SoOLEGAL 19 Apr 2018 2:40pm

SC dismisses PIL's on Justice Loya death calling them frivolous, motivated litigation filed to settle political rivalry

New Delhi :Putting an end to controversy around the death of Justice Loya, a three-judge bench of SC comprising  Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice AM Khanwilkar today dismissed the petitions asking for independent investigation into Justice Loya's death calling them  frivolous and motivated litigation filed  only to settle political rivalry. Several pleas which included one's filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based journalist B S Lone were dismissed. The SC said the PILs were scandalous and amounted to criminal contempt and the petitioners attempted to malign the image of judiciary.

Justice Loya died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur in 2014, a day after he attended the wedding and reception of his colleague's daughter. The court said there were no reason to disbelieve the sequence of events leading to the death as narrated by the four judicial officers namely Shrikant Kulkarni, Shriram Modak, R Rathi and Vijay Kumar Barde and the assertions of Bombay High Court Justices Bhushan Gawai and Sunil Shukre.

Controversy started  last November when Justice Loya's  sister cast suspicion on circumstances leading to his death, rather linking it to Sohrabuddin case.He was hearing Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case where BJP President Amit Shah along with Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria, Rajasthan-based businessman Vimal Patni, former Gujarat police chief P C Pande, Additional Director General of Police Geeta Johri and Gujarat police officers Abhay Chudasama and N K Amin were chargsheeted but later acquitted.

Several accused, including police personnel, continue to face trial for their involvement in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and their associate Tulsiram Prajapati in Gujarat in November 2005.The case was later transferred to the CBI and the trial shifted to Mumbai.

Controversy was further added as judges in their January 12 press conference had raised questions about allocation of cases. Justice Loya's case was one of them.

Tagged: SC   PIL   Justice Loya   Sohrabuddin Sheikh  
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