Judge Loya was hearing the fake encounter case against Amit Shah, who also had to serve time in jail before being released. This claim comes close on the heels of four senior Supreme Court judges going public with their grievance against the CJI for the selective assignment of cases to selective benches on Friday.
The 48-year-old judge, who was hearing the CBI case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was an accused but later got discharged, had died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur, where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter on 1 December 2014.
The two pleas were filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone and Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala.
This development comes a day after four of the senior-most Supreme Court judges, Justices J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph, indicated that the immediate trigger for their unprecedented press conference was the allocation of the Loya PIL petitions to the Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra. When told no, the court said it wanted to hear the state government too.
He said that despite pleas not to continue with hearing of the PILs since a similar case is pending before the Bombay High Court, the SC chose to continue with the hearing.
Earlier, the bench had listed the plea seeking an independent probe in this case to be taken up on 15th January.
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The SC was scheduled to hear a plea for an independent probe into the death of Judge Loya who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
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The Supreme Court on Friday called the death of CBI Special Court and Additional Sessions Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya a "serious issue" and asked the Maharashtra government to produce all documents related to the case.
The four Collegium judges only wanted the CJI to follow the "well-settled and time-honoured conventions" of the Supreme Court while assigning cases to various Benches to facilitate a "disciplined and efficient transaction of business of the court".
The Congress issued a statement which said observations made by the judges and the issues raised by them are extremely disturbing. Lone contended that a fair probe was needed into the "mysterious death" of Loya.