Maharashtra opposes probe into Loya’s death in the Supreme Court

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The Maharashtra government on Monday strongly opposed in the Supreme Court plea for a probe into the death of CBI Judge H.B. Loya and said the petitions are politically motivated just because the judge is connected with a criminal case involving a political functionary (Amit Shah) heading a political party (BJP).

Making this submission before a three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Kanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, senor counsel Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Maharashtra said, “Apart from politics, there is nothing amiss in the death of Loya.”

Mr. Rohatgi said, “These petitions are filed for extraneous petitions with oblique motive. The unfortunate death of judge Loya is sought to be politicised just because the judge is connected with the criminal case in which a political functionary heading a political party was discharged from the case. Press conference is held (by Congress party) for a probe to politicise the issue.” Mr Rohatgi pointed out that there was not even a whisper by any of these petitioners, Bombay Advocates Association, Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala or journalist Bhandhuraj Lone till a magazine raised a suspicion about Loya’s death based on wrong facts. He said four district judges who were present with Loya from November 29 till the afternoon of December 1, 2014, had given statements as to how the judge died of a heart attack.