Place Loya case before appropriate Bench, Justice Arun Mishra says a day after emotional outburst
Tuesday witnessed a surprising turn of events when the judges hearing the Loya case ordered that the matter be placed before an appropriate Bench of the Supreme Court. Justices Arun Mishra and Mohan Shanthangoudar said, "Let the documents be placed on record within seven days and if it is considered appropriate, copies are furnished to the petitioners. Put up before appropriate Bench," the judges also said.
These observations clearly suggest that the judges want to recuse themselves from the case. It may be recalled that on Friday four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court had cast aspersions on the Bench hearing the case relating to the death of CBI judge H Loya.
The case has taken centre stage and motives had been cast stating that the judge who had heard the Sohrabudin encounter case had died mysteriously. His son however clarified and requested the media not to speculate or spin conspiracy theories. He said that his father had died a natural death.
These observations by the Bench came a day after there was an emotional outburst during the customary morning tea meeting at the Supreme Court on Monday. Justice Mishra had asked the four judges why they had cast aspersions on him. I made it to the Supreme Court on merit and due to my knowledge of the Constitution. I deserved better from my seniors he also went on to say. You have ruined my reputation, Justice Misra also said.
The decision by the four judges to go public came under immense criticism from various quarters. Further aspersions were also cast when CPI leader D Raja met with Justice Chelameswar following the press conference.