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Probe Loya’s death: Congress

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Says matter is of public importance

A day after Anuj Loya, the son of judge B.H. Loya, ruled out foul play in the death of his father, the Congress party said there should be an inquiry to clear all doubts as the matter is of public importance.

Addressing a Congress briefing, party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said there had been five different and conflicting versions from family members in the past three years since the death of Judge Loya and an inquiry was essential to clear all doubts.

‘Family has doubts’

Dr. Singhvi, who is also a senior Supreme Court lawyer, said two sisters of the deceased judge — Anuradha Biyani and Sarita Mandhane — had earlier expressed doubts over his death and even on Sunday evening, Judge Loya’s uncle insisted on an inquiry.

“I have read yesterday’s [Sunday’s] somewhat detailed comments by the paternal uncle of Judge Loya, Shri Sriniwas. These comments were made after he had noted and was reacting to Anuj Loya’s press conference. He [Mr. Sriniwas] has clearly stated that he is a young man and must be under pressure. He then said that as a citizen, as a member of the family, as an individual, they would be very much for an inquiry,” said Dr. Singhvi.

The Congress spokesperson clarified that any inquiry should be done by the Supreme Court or the High Court so that all doubts about the death is settled once and for all.

“Lastly, all my comments today [Monday] are based and have nothing whatsoever to do with the so-called Supreme Court imbroglio, nothing whatsoever. I think every citizen in this country and every political party is independently entitled to ask for a fair comprehensive inquiry in his death. Naturally the inquiry which is being sought will be under the auspices of either the Supreme Court or the High Court,” Dr. Singhvi said.

Last Friday, Judge Loya's case had prominently figured in national headlines after four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court held a press conference against the Chief Justice of India, and cited a petition to investigate Mr. Loya’s death as one such case where the CJI did not consult them before allotting it to a particular Bench.

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