Judge Loya case PIL aimed to promote Congress interests: BJP

Political slugfest erupts over SC's Loya verdict

Loya Case: Rahul Corners Amit Shah

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed petitions seeking a SIT probe into the death of Judge B.H. Loya, who was conducting a trial in the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh in Gujarat in which now BJP President Amit Shah was an accused.

Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the petition demanding independent probe in the Judge Loya murder case and said that statements made by four Mumbai judges who were with Judge Loya can not be ignored.

"Indians are deeply intelligent". "By casting unfounded aspersions on the judicial officers who had accompanied judge Loya, the petitioners have revealed real motive of these proceedings which is to bring the judiciary into disrepute on the basis of scurrilous allegations", the bench said. The Supreme Court, in its decision, said the statement of the lower judges, who followed Justice Loya to a hospital in Nagpur before his death, can not be doubted.

Loya had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

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The party's IT cell chief Amit Malviya said on Twitter, "Attempts to politicise Judge Loya's death is not an isolated instance when Congress turned to judiciary in order to implicate and malign BJP President Amit Shah".

The three-judge bench that included chief justice Dipak Misra held that all litigations concerning circumstances of death of judge Loya is concluded with this judgement. He added that the petitions were wrong as they unaware of the truth.

The bench particularly took serious note of Bhushan's plea that two of the judges - Khanwilkar and Chandrachud - should recuse themselves from hearing the matter as they come from Maharashtra and must be knowing all judges of the Bombay High Court concerned with the case. "Today, he (Rahul Gandhi) got a befitting reply from the Supreme Court". The BJP said Gandhi should apologise for his conspiracy to target Shah and the Indian judiciary. He also said that petition had personal interest, not public interest.

"It is a travesty of justice in the guise of demanding independence of judiciary as if there is a great danger to this institution", the court said.

Referring to the apex court verdict, Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala had raised 10 questions relating to the case as he flayed the judgment and noted that the issue of criminality can be decided only through a probe.

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