The Bombay Lawyers Association has approached the Supreme Court seeking review of its judgment dismissing its plea for an independent probe into the death of CBI special judge B H Loya.
Justice Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on 1 December 2014 when he had gone to attend a wedding. But there were many controversies surrounding his death.
On 19 April, the Supreme Court dismissed a batch of petitions, including one filed by the Bombay Lawyers Association, seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of the special CBI judge. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said there is no reason to doubt the statements of judges accompanying Justice Loya that the death was due to a natural cause. The bench also held that attempts were made to scandalise the judiciary by levelling serious allegations against judicial officers and judges of the Bombay High Court. The court also said, with these petitions, it is clear that a frontal attack was made on the independence of the judiciary.
The review petition filed by the Bombay Lawyers Association also seeks deletion of the apex court’s ruling that the petitions were a “veiled attempt to launch a frontal attack on the independence of the judiciary and to dilute the credibility of judicial institutions”.