Loya death ruling a black day in Supreme Court history, says Prashant Bhushan
After the Supreme Court today dismissed all petitions seeking an SIT probe into the death of special CBI Judge BH Loya, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan called it a "black day in Supreme Court's history".
Prashant Bhushan is one of the petitioners who sought an independent probe in the case. While addressing the media after the Supreme Court pronounced its verdict, Bhushan called it "extremely disappointing".
Expressing dismay over the dismissal of pleas, Bhushan said, "The Supreme Court bench headed by the CJI dismissed the petitions saying there is no reason to disbelieve the two Bombay judges who said that three judges slept in the room with two beds (without signing affidavit)."
SC bench headed by CJI dismissed the petitions seeking Indep Inquiry into Judge Loya's death,saying there's no reason to disbelieve 2 Bombay judges who said(w/o affidavit)that 3 judges slept in room with 2 beds. This despite the ECG &Histopath report falsifying Heart attack story— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 19, 2018
Reportedly, Bhushan also quoted BH Loya's medical report and fired that the "ECG and Histopath report falsified Justice Loya's heart attack story."
The three-judge Supreme Court bench observed that there was no reason to doubt the statement made by four judges who were there with Justice Loya at the time of his death and they are of the opinion that doubting their statements would amount to doubting the integrity of the judiciary.
Special CBI Judge BH Loya was earlier holding a trial in the Shorabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. As per official records, Justice Loya died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur in 2014, a day after he attended the wedding and reception of his colleague's daughter.