NEW DELHI: The website of the Supreme Court of India has been down on Thursday afternoon minutes after the top court refused to order an independent probe in Special CBI Judge BH Loya’s death, who died while hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
“This site can’t be reached,” said a message on the home website of the Supreme Court and remained down for about two hours.
Some social media users on Twitter and WhatsApp also shared an image claiming the website has been hacked.
“Hackeado por HighTech Brazil HackTeam (hacked by HighTech Brazil team)”, read the message on the screenshot of the Supreme Court website.
— Sruthisagar Yamunan (@sruthisagar) April 19, 2018
Earlier in the day, a bench of apex court headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra dismissed petitions seeking SIT probe into Justice Loya’s death case.
There is no merit in the petitions and there is no reason to doubt the statements of sitting Judges, attempt of the petitioners was to malign the judiciary,” said SC while dismissing the petitions.
The apex court had earlier asked the Maharashtra Government to submit the postmortem report of the CBI judge, who had died in alleged suspicious circumstances in 2014, 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 the death of Justice Loya alleging he died under mysterious circumstances.
Justice Loya was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, involving various police officers and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah at the time of his death.