CJI urged high level probe into 'Suspicious' death of CBI Judge Loya
At the time of his sudden death, Judge Loya, was hearing the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin A. Sheikh 'encounter' case in which an accused was BJP President Amit Shah, later acquitted.
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, Dec 1: Hundreds of Law students on Thursday urged to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Dipak Misra for high level independent probe on the reported ‘suspicious' death of CBI Special Judge Brijmohan H. Loya. Gathered for a public meeting: Break the Silence, Stand with Justice jointly called by Lawyers, Journalists and students of Law in Delhi University (DU), said that the silence of judiciary and media over the matter is questionable.
Students Wrote to CJI for Probe
Addressing meeting, Kawalpreet Kaur, AISA (All India Students' Association), DU President said "The serious doubts raised in the Caravan Magazine raises important points and need serious investigation and reflection by the highest Judiciary and legal fraternity. The Silence that politicians and mainstream media houses have maintained on it presents a very disturbing picture on the state of democracy in India. We are not accusing anyone but as students of Law we are sorry at the state of affairs and are demanding an investigation in it."
"Around 500 postcards written by students of Law Faculty, DU were posted to the office of CJI demanding to form Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe matter," Kaur said.
At the meeting students put play-cards on the ground with ‘A judge dies in a suspicious circumstances but main-stream media and judiciary maintains silence', ‘When Judges are not safe in the country then how justice will be ensured', Independent and impartial probe into Justice Loya's death' written on it.
Lawyers, Journalists Speak Up
Addressing the meeting, Adv. N.D Pancholi, senior lawyer at Supreme Court and founding member PUCL (People's Union for civil Liberties) said, "For every democracy to survive, justice is essential and for every justice to be ensured, free judiciary is required. Today judiciary is facing its biggest challenge to stay independent from political pressure. It is not only about one death of Justice Loya but if the sanctity of Indian Judiciary. Come out and seek response from Judiciary as when rule of law is not protected and ensured then no use of it."
Besides him senior journalist Anil Chamadia said, "The episode of Justice Loya's death is linked to the attack on every institution right now in the country. A brave Judge dies because he refused to give up and wasn't willing to bow down before the political pressure. The present regime by refusing to order a probe in the allegations is instead circulating a dossier to discredit the important questions raised by Justice Loya's family."
Reportedly, Judge Loya, 48, had died suffering a massive cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014 when he went Nagpur to attend a wedding function. At the time of his sudden death, Judge Loya, was hearing the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin A. Sheikh 'encounter' case in which an accused was BJP President Amit Shah, later acquitted.
Recently a report of the Caravan Magazine based on the interviews of Judge Loya's sister Anuradha Biyani, niece Nupur Balaprasad Biyani and father Harkishan highlighted inconsistencies in the account of Loya's death. His family members had noticed blood on his clothes. The postmortem report was also allegedly signed by "maiyatacha chulatbhau", or paternal cousin, while his family says there is no such person in the family.
Magzine's another report also said that Judge Loya was allegedly offered Rs 100 crore for judgment in favor of Amit Shah.
Meanwhile a writ petition has been filed in Bombay High Court seeking an investigation in the matter. Former Delhi High Court Justice A.P. Shah and Latur bar association also demanded probe.