ET View: Justice Loya case verdict

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SC declared that the death of judge Loya was natural and there is no scope of any doubt and the bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also mentioned that these petitions are in criminal contempt. The bench particularly took serious note of Bhushan's plea that two of the judges - Khanwilkar and Chandrachud - should recuse themselves from hearing the matter as they come from Maharashtra and must be knowing all judges of the Bombay High Court concerned with the case.

The top court said the judicial process will be reduced to a "charade" if the courts are burdened with such cases with extraneous reasons.

Four senior-most apex court judges - Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - at their January 12 press conference had questioned the manner in which sensitive cases were being allocated and Loya's case was one of them.

"Sacrilegious allegations were made against administrative committee of the Bombay High Court", it said.

"The SC while dismissing the petition seeking independent investigation into Judge Loya's death, said that "Judges can't lie". Dave had, on several occasions, said that any unanswered question on Loya's death would be a blot on India's independent judiciary.

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April 19 (ANI): The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday demanded that Judge Loya's death case verdict should be reviewed by a larger bench of the apex court and termed the today's ruling in the case as an "unfortunate" one.

The judge's death made national news as the Sohrabuddin encounter case which he was hearing had BJP president Amit Shah as one of the accused. In its final conclusion, the Bench held that documentary material and statement of witnesses were "clear and consistent" that the death of judge Loya was due to natural causes and merits no further enquiry. With four Mumbai judges attesting they were present at the wedding ceremony in Nagpur when Loya had suffered a fatal heart attack, the apex court has played it by the only book that jurisprudence can.

Demanding an apology from Gandhi and Congress for trying to "frame" Shah and BJP, Javadekar said Congress was resorting to "dirty politics" in desperation as it was losing elections in every state. Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the people of the country.

"The Supreme Court has also cautioned against the misuse of courts in political tug-of-war", he added. He also asked how seeking an independent probe into the "suspicious" death of a district judge can be politically motivated. "And we will follow journalistically the qns [questions] that continue to puzzle the circumstances of Judge Loya's death", he said. The Congress had then demanded an impartial investigation into Loya's death. Shah was discharged by the successor judge.

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