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Even if judge Loya’s death was natural, it still needs probe, SC told

By Vicky

It was a high profile hearing in the Supreme Court which is looking into the death of judge Loya. Before the Bench of the Chief Justice, there were heated arguments and with Justice Dipak Misra were Justices A M Khanvilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

Even if judge Loya’s death was natural, it still needs probe, SC told

The arguments were first advanced by Dushyant Dave who said even if it were a case of natural death, then the matter should still be probed. He submitted that the report of the Commissioner of Intelligence which said that the investigation into the death be started again.

He said that the state of Maharashtra must not resist a probe. Joining him was the Bombay Lawyers Association which stated that the medical reports are suspicious. Dave argued that none of the judges as claimed were in the room when judge Loya died.

To this senior counsel, Harish Salve said that some of the records had not been submitted as yet. Mukul Rohatgi said that Loya was in the guest house with three other judges. One of them is currently a judge of the High Court, he also said.

Justice Chandrachud said that there is a need to have a bird's eye view of the matter and the nature of this case. Perhaps the documents are required and hence they be made available before the court, he said.

Dave then read out an order of the Supreme Court which directed an inquiry into the Sohrabuddin encounter case. He said that judge Loya was hearing the case. It is shocking that the judge hearing the case against Amit Shah was transferred he said. This raises serious questions as to why the judges were transferred at the time of hearing.

When some of the advocates insisted that notice also be issued to Amit Shah, the CJI said that the court's concern is with the death of the judge. We do not want to hear other things, the CJI said while posting the matter for further hearing on Monday at 2 pm.

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