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PIL wants Judge Loya’s death investigated

Lawyers’ association wants enquiry in light of news reports

The Bombay Lawyers’ Association on Monday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) at the Bombay High Court seeking an enquiry by a retired Supreme Court judge to investigate the death of Judge B.H. Loya.

The Association says an enquiry must be set up to investigate the events and circumstances surrounding the death of late Judge Loya in light of news reports. The PIL mentions the chronology of the deaths of Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausar Bi and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati; the transfer of Judge J.T. Utpat; and the appointment of Judge Loya to his post. The PIL then quotes an article dated November 21, 2017, in the Caravan magazine, on Judge Loya’s sister Anuradha Biyani questioning her brother’s death.

The plea also point outs how, according to the article, Judge Loya had confided to his sister Anuradha that the then Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Mohit Shah had offered him a bribe of ₹100 crore in return for a favourable judgement.

The PIL also quotes the article as saying Ms. Biyani recounted the day when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and Rajya Sabha MP Amit Shah was discharged in the case soon after the new judge came on board.

The case will come up before a Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice V.K. Tahilramani and Justice M. S. Karnik on January 10.

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