Justice Loya's death a 'serious matter', says Supreme Court

Four Supreme Court judges slam administration of India’s top court

Four Supreme Court judges slam administration of India’s top court

The court was hearing two separate pleas seeking an independent probe into the death of judge Loya, who presided over the case in connection with the alleged staged encounter of suspected extortionist Sohrabuddin Sheikh. The counsel contended that they were representing Bombay Lawyers Association which had already filed a similar petition before the Bombay High Court and that is coming up for hearing on January 23.

At that time, he was handling the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh case in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah was one of the accused (but later discharged), besides top Gujarat Police officers.

The bench then asked Katneshwarkar to file the post mortem report and other relevant documents regarding the death of Judge Loya besides taking instruction from the government.

Since the Bombay Lawyers Association's case for a probe was also listed on Friday before the Bombay High Court, senior advocate Dushyant Dave, pleaded on its behalf, not to hear the case. Loya had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

In a statement here, he also demanded that the case relating to the death of Brijgopal Harkishen Loya, Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge, in suspicious circumstances in Nagpur should be re-visited.

"We will not go by what the high court is doing". The case has been a contention of doubt, as Loya's family allege that he was taken to the hospital without any respectable supervision and died because of neglect, while Justice Gavai has said that he was sent to the hospital along with a court official and a judge who hailed from Mumbai.

He, however, refused to divulge the name of the senior lawyer. I was called names but I refused to back off. "This is a serious matter", the bench said.

He said he had told the senior advocate that he will not withdraw the petition as "I have full belief in the institution".