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SC restrains High Courts from entertaining any petition relating to Justice Loya's death

Monday January 22, 2018 3:29 PM, News Network

SC Hearing Justice Loya's Death

New Delhi:
The Supreme Court of India on Monday restrained all the High Courts in the country from entertaining any petition relating to the alleged mysterious death of Special CBI Judge B H Loya in 2014.

At the same time, the Apex Court of India transferred to itself two petitions, pending at the Bombay High Court and its Nagpur bench, relating to the high profile case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which also comprises Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked the parties to catalogue all documents relating to Justice Loya's death which have not been filed so far, and submit them for its perusal on February 2, the next date of hearing, according to PTI.

Earlier, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had recused itself from hearing two petitions, filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla and a Maharashtra journalist B S Lone on the issue from hearing and had said that let the matter be posted before "an appropritate bench".

In pursuance of that order these two matters were listed today before the bench headed by the CJI.

Justice Loya had died on December 01, 2014 in extremely mysterious circumstances in Nagpur. As Special CBI Judge he had summoned BJP President Amit Shah to appear before the court on 15 December 2014. It is alleged that Justice Loya had been offered a bribe of 10 million rupees to rule in favour of Amit Shah.

Later on, his family members and several of senior judges, who have raised doubts and questions about the official narrative of Loya’s death that he died of heart attack, demanded independent probe into the case.

Justice Loya's death case was also one of those which was indicated by the four senior most apex court judges - justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph - at their press conference where they had questioned the manner in which sensitive cases were being allocated.

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