The death of judge BH Loya — who was hearing the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case — in 2014 should be investigated, says a petition filed in the Bombay High Court. The petition, filed by the Bombay Lawyers’ Association, has asked the court to set up a commission of inquiry headed by a retired Supreme Court judge.
The 48-year-old judge – who was hearing the CBI’s case of murder against BJP chief Amit Shah — had died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur, where he had gone to attend a wedding on December 1, 2014. Mr Shah and several top police officers were cleared by a court.
In an interview to The Caravan news magazine, the judge’s family had called the death unnatural, triggering calls from various quarters about an independent inquiry.
Justice Bhushan Gavai, who was one of the judges who met judge Loya in Nagpur, told NDTV that there was no sign of any cover-up or mystery about the death. The other claims of the family have been countered by officials and doctors who helped reconstruct Judge Loya’s last few hours alive.
The Caravan article had quoted judge Loya’s sister Anuradha Biyani raising questions about the death. Judge Loya’s uncle told NDTV that he was under immense pressure and had considered quitting the job. The Loya family also raised doubts over who ordered the postmortem, and the identity of the person who signed off on it. The family claimed there were blood stains on the collar of judge Loya’s shirt when his body was returned.
As carried in NDTV