PILs to probe Judge Loya death an attempt to settle political scores: Apex court

Public Interest Litigations seeking an inquiry into the alleged mystery regarding the death of Special CBI Judge, B H Loya in December 2014, were thrown out on Thursday by the Supreme Court which observed that political scores should not be settled by the judiciary.

Judge Loya had died in December 2014, when he was hearing the alleged fake Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, in which Bharatiya Janata Party chief, Amit Shah, was an accused.

Led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, the bench dismissed all the five petitions filed in the case.

The apex court held that the PILs were bereft of any truth and was an attempt to malign the judiciary. It ruled that Judge Loya had died a natural death and there was not a shred of doubt about it.

It, the Supreme Court held, would have been ideal to initiate contempt proceedings against petitioner in such a case where a political rivalry is brought to court to malign the judiciary.

Dismissing the PILs seeking an inquiry into Judge Loya’s death, the apex court said it was completely frivolous and brought in a motivated manner to denigrate judiciary.
The Supreme Court said courts were not the place to settle business or political rivalry, which should be fought in markets or in elections.

There were five petitions filed before the apex court by lawyer Anita Shenoy, Congress symphathiser Tehseen Poonawala, journalist-Buddhiraja Sambhaji Lone, Bombay Lawyers Association and one another.

 

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