Judge BH Loya Case Live Updates: "Misuse Of PIL A Matter Of Concern," Says Top Court

 
Judge BH Loya Case Live Updates:

More than two years after the death of judge BH Loya, the Supreme Court today dismissed plea seeking an independent investigation into his death. Five petitions called for an inquiry into the case after the death of the 48-year-old special CBI judge in December 2014. 

 The 48-year-old judge was handling a murder case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was among the accused, when he died of a heart attack in 2014. 

Congress leader and former Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Arjun Modhwadia also tweeted after the top court verdict. "Not SC but only God would protect the upright judges! Not only Judge Loya but his confidents (confidantes) to whom he shared & sought the help for threat he was receiving in Sohrabuddin trial case, Advo. Khandalkar & Judge Thombre subsequently died mysteriously," he posted.

After calling it a "black day" for the top court, Prashant Bhushan also tweeted referring to the top court verdict. 

The Supreme Court said that it was not initiating civil contempt against the petitioner for scandalising the judiciary.

Apart from Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud were also part of the top court bench hearing the petitions seeking independent probe in the Judge Loya death case. 

The judgement pronounced by Justice Chandrachud took exception to the way the PIL was filed and the insinuation were levelled against the committee of administrators of Bombay High Court and top court judges in the course of the hearing of the matter, news agency IANS reported. 
Pleas In Judge Loya Case To Settle Political Court: Counsel For Maharashtra Government 

"Just to settle down their own political and personal course these days, public interest litigation (PIL) is misused by people and that has been clearly said by the honourable court today in their judgement," Nishant Karketkar,  counsel for Maharashtra government, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

"There is nothing to doubt about this case," he said and added, "Earlier the statements of Maharashtra court judges were recorded in Loya's death case. There is nothing suspicious in their statements and that court has found very precisely." 

"On the basis of documents it can be said that his death was very much natural," he added. 
"A Black Day": Prashant Bhushan On Verdict

"The statement of the judges from the lower court was not on affidavit," Prashant Bhushan said while talking to the reporters as he commented on the verdict. The top court said the petitions were trying to raise doubt over the statements of the lower court judges in the death case. Mr Bhushan called it a "black day".

"It's the court's duty to protect the law," Supreme Court said as it pronounced the verdict in Judge BH Loya death case.

Several political parties, including the grand old party Congress, had sought fresh probe in the death case. Judge BH Loya was hearing the 2004 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case at the time of his death.

Judge Loya's death was "natural", the top court said today. It further said that motivated and frivolous petitions "detract court's time." 

Pronouncing the judgement in the case, the top court said the petitions seeking independent probe were a "frontal attack on judiciary".  "Political rivalries have to be solved in the hall of democracy," the top court said, adding that "misuse of PIL is a matter of concern." Read the top quotes by Supreme Court here. 

Last month, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that it had no information about the death of BH Loya, who died in Nagpur in December 2014.

In a written reply to a query by KTS Tulsi on the issue, Union minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in the Rajya Sabha that 'police' and 'public order' are state subjects under the 7th Schedule of the Constitution. "The Ministry of Home Affairs has no information in this regard," he said.

 "We can't doubt the statements of the judicial officers who were with Judge Loya," top court bench, headed by Chief Justice Of India Dipak Misra, said. Read the story here.

"There is no merit in the petitions and there is no reason to doubt the statements of sitting judges. Attempt of the petitioners was to malign the judiciary," Supreme Court said, according to news agency ANI.

The top court referred to the petitions in the Judge BH Loya case as "scandalous". The Supreme Court also said further said it amounts to "criminal contempt".

The Supreme Court has rejected petititions seeking independent probe into the death of special CBI Judge BH Loya.