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Supreme Court dismisses independent probe into death of special CBI judge B H Loya

The Supreme Court today dismissed pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B H Loya, ruling that the judge died of natural causes and that the petitions were a serious attempts to scandalise and obstruct the course of justice.

Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh case, had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said there was no reason to doubt statements of four judges on circumstances leading to the death of Loya and that documents placed on record and their scrutiny establishes that the death was due to natural cause.

The top court said that with these petitions it becomes clear that a real attempt and frontal attack was made on the independence of judiciary. The apex court said frivolous and motivated litigations have been filed to settle political rivalry. The petitioners have launched a veiled attempt to malign the judiciary and the credibility of judicial institutions has been questioned, the three-judge bench said and criticised attempts by senior advocates and activist lawyers Dushyant Dave and Indira Jaising and Prashant Bhushan to make insinuations against judges including that of the apex court.

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