SC to hear plea for probe into judge B H Loya’s death

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge BH Loya, who was hearing the alleged Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. The plea will be heard tomorrow.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on Thursday took note of the submission seeking an urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into Loya’s death.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone. He submitted that a fair probe was needed into the mysterious death of Justice Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin encounter case in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named as parties.

Loya had died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur, when he had gone to attend a wedding on 1st December 2014.

The issue came under the spotlight in November last year after media reports quoting Loya’s sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death and its link to the case.

A total of 23 accused, including police personnel, are facing trial for their involvement in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and their associate Tulsidas Prajapati in Gujarat in November 2005.

The Bombay High Court will hear on 23 January a plea filed by the Bombay Lawyers Association seeking a probe by a retired Supreme Court judge into the death of judge B.H. Loya.

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