The Supreme Court today ruled that special CBI judge Judge Loya died of natural causes and that the petitions were serious attempts to scandalise and obstruct the course of justice. "An attempt to malign senior leaders of the party has failed, its clear that the judiciary can not be made a field for political battles", he said.
Judge Loya allegedly died of cardiac arrest in 2014 at age 48 while he was presiding over a case in which Amit Shah, a close ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had been accused of ordering three extrajudicial killings in 2005 and 2006. The suspicious circumstances in which Loya died, was a matter of deep concern for those who have faith in the judiciary. "There were discrepancies in the post-mortem report, even in recording the name of the victim properly". Where there is calcification, there is no heart attack.
Justice Loya's death had resurfaced in the news after The Caravan had published a detailed story about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death.
He said: "It is the duty of the court to look into the fact (as to) which PIL is genuine and which one is filed under the facade of political activity".
"Will have to wait till one reads the whole judgment on the specifics". This was in reference to the statements recorded by four judges who had accompanied Judge Loya on that fateful night.
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There are mixed response from a number of people who took to Twitter to express their opinion on the SC verdict.
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The issue of Loya's death had come under the spotlight in November past year after media reports quoting his sister had fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding it and its link to the Sohrabuddin encounter case, which he was hearing before he died. Their word must be treated to be the gospel truth. "BJP condemns reckless allegations made against party President by the Congress party", Prasad said in a press conference here.
Lawyer Bhushan called Supreme Court's verdict a "black day". Shah was later acquitted in the case. "I urge Rahul Gandhi not to fight political battles through corridors of Court", he said.