The Supreme Court has rejected the petitions for an independent probe in Jude Loya death case. A bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra said that the petitions demanding an independent probe were in criminal contempt since it contradicted with the statements of the four judges accompanying Judge Loya at the time of his death. The court also called the petitions “scandalous” and a “frontal attack on the judiciary”.
Controversy Of Judge Loya Death
Judge Loya died in December 2014 while he was trying the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case. BJP Chief Amit Shah was an accused in this case and got a clean chit by the next judge.
The controversy began when The Caravan magazine with their investigative reporting came up with claims that Judge Loya was actually murdered. Soon after that 4 senior Supreme Court judges held an unprecedented press conference. The apex court maintained that Judge Loya died a natural death due to Cardiac Arrest; there was no reason to doubt the four judges. It also said that the plea to independently investigate Judge Loya death was an attempt “to malign the judiciary”.
How Twitterati Took This Decision
— Mitali Saran (@mitalisaran) April 19, 2018
— Sruthisagar Yamunan (@sruthisagar) April 19, 2018
We don’t have to say anything about what happened in SC today bcs four out five senior justices in the SC collegium already signalled this was what led them to have a press conference in January. The fears they voiced for our democracy are vindicated today. Dark day. #JudgeLoya
— Krishan Partap Singh (@RaisinaSeries) April 19, 2018
Respecting the SC judgement of not probing the #JudgeLoya mysterious death doubts still remain.
It all started from a morning walk when Hiren Pandya was killed.
10 people have died in mysterious circumstances.
Rest is history.
— K . Chandrakumar 🤔 (@kurup62) April 19, 2018
Is India’s Democracy Really In Danger?
Justice Loya Hum Sharminda Hai ,
Tere Kaatil Ab Bhi Zinda Hai .. #SupremeCourt has let us down by denying independent probe in #JudgeLoya‘s death !
Lest We Forget .. Save Our Democracy pic.twitter.com/Rhfkr6cyif
— Niraj Bhatia (@bhatia_niraj23) April 19, 2018
It is clear that this decision has disappointed thousands of people across India. The question that arises is since there were so many doubts, why was the probe rejected? If there are doubts, investigation to dig deeper is not a bad option at all.