New Delhi: The Supreme Court dismissing special probe into the death of Special CBI Judge BH Loya on Thursday, ruled it as “natural”. The apex court which was hearing Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, where BJP President Amit Shah is the key accused, had reserved its judgment on 16 March.
A PIL had sought an independent probe into Judge Loya’s death in December 2014, while he was trying the fake encounter case. However, the apex court said the PIL was an attempt to malign the judiciary. It said Judge Loya died a natural death and there was no doubt about it, quoted Times of India.
The apex court had earlier asked the Maharashtra Government to submit the postmortem report of the CBI judge citing that the “matter was very serious.”
As per the official records, Justice Loya died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur in 2014, a day after he attended the wedding and reception of his colleague’s daughter. Maharashtra-based journalist B.S. Lone and activist Tehseen Poonavala had filed independent pleas seeking a fair probe into his death.
Loya’s death was highlighted in November 2017 following media reports, that quoted his sister, igniting suspicion over the circumstances of his death and its link to the high-profile case. Later, Loya’s son had on January 14 said that his father had died of natural causes.
-With agency inputs