Justice Loya's Mysterious Death a Serious Issue

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The Supreme Court on Thursday (January 11) has made a decision to hear the case pertaining to the death of CBI judge Brijgopal Loya.

As advocate Varinder Kumar Sharma initiated arguments briefly on behalf of the petitioner, Congress sympathiser and relative of Robert Vadra, Tehseen Poonawalla, the court said, "This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte".

A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud took note of the submissions for the urgent hearing to probe the circumstances surrounding Loya's death.

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a PIL seeking an independent probe into the death of Sohrabuddin fake encounter case trial judge B M Loya, which the petition alleged to have happened under suspicious circumstances.

Justice Loya was over looking the judgement on the Soharbuddin Sheikh encounter case, in which, according to the CBI, Amit Shah had been responsible for the murder of Soharbuddin, along with his wife and a friend, who had been an eye witness of Sheikh's killing.

The plea will be heard tomorrow.

The Supreme Court termed the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya as a "serious matter" on Friday. The bench said it would consider the objections.

The issue came to spotlight in November 2017 after media reports, quoting his sister, fuelled suspicion about his death.

Justice BH Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. On January 8 past year, the Bombay Lawyers Association had filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court seeking a probe into Loya's death.

The case was later transferred to CBI and the trial shifted to Mumbai.

The Bench, before adjourning the matter, asked the counsel appearing for the state of Maharashtra to seek instructions.

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