New Delhi, April 19: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed petitions seeking Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into Special CBI Judge BH Loya’s death.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said: “There is no doubt and it is clear from the statements of the judicial officers that Loya died of natural causes”.
The judgment delivered by Justice Chandrachud also took exception to the way the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed and that insinuations were made against the committee of administrators of the Bombay High Court and the judges of the Supreme Court in the course of the hearing of the matter.
“Sacrilegious allegations were made against the administrative committee of the Bombay High Court,” it asserted.
There is no merit in the petitions & there is no reason to doubt the statements of sitting Judges, attempt of the petitioners was to malign the judiciary, said SC while dismissing petitions seeking SIT porbe into #JudgeLoya's death
— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2018
The judgment pronounced by Justice Chandrachud took exception to the way the Public Interest Litigation was filed and the insinuation were levelled against the committee of administrators of Bombay High Court and the judges of the Supreme court in the course of the hearing of the matter, IANS reported.
Nishant Karketakar, Maharashtra Government Counsel in Judge Loya death case while speaking to media after the judgement stated that after examining all the documents related to the case, the apex court came to a conclusion that Judge Loya died a natural death.
“The court said that there is no chance to doubt the statement of the lower judges, who were accompanying Judge Loya. The court has assumed that somewhere the image of the judiciary is being maligned,” news agency ANI quoted Karketakar as saying.
Meanwhile, the petitioner in the case, Tehseen Poonawalla expressed disappointment, saying “We don’t have any issue with the verdict of the apex court. What is important to know that whether there was any lacuna or not. That matter has not been”.
However, the apex court said that it was not initiating civil contempt against the petitioner for scandalising the judiciary. The court castigated the petitioners for making unfounded allegations against the judicial officers which were extraneous to the issue.
Earlier, the top court had asked the Maharashtra government to submit the postmortem report of the CBI judge, who had died in alleged suspicious circumstances in 2014, citing that the “matter was very serious.”
According to reports, Maharashtra-based journalist Lone and activist Tehseen Poonavala had filed independent pleas seeking a fair probe into the death of Justice Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, involving various police officers and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah.