Image taint cry on Loya probe plea

Supreme Court. Picture by Prem Singh

New Delhi: The Maharashtra government on Monday told the Supreme Court that the public interest petitions seeking a probe into the death of special CBI judge B.H. Loya were "politically motivated" and intended to "tarnish" the image of "a functionary of a political party".

BJP president Amit Shah was acquitted in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, which Judge Loya had been hearing, within a month of the judge's death. The cause of the death was stated to be cardiac arrest.

Former attorney-general Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra, told the Supreme Court that four district judges were present with Loya from November 29 to December 1, 2014, when he died.

"There is an ulterior motive. The motive is to tarnish a functionary of a political party, who was earlier an accused in the Sohrabuddin encounter case," Rohatgi told the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud. He did not name Shah.


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