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Supreme Court tells Maharasthra to file Loya's autopsy report

Supreme Court tells Maharasthra to file Loya's autopsy report

According to reports, a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and Juatice DY Chandrachud on Thursday took note of the submission.

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a public interest plea seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B.H. Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused.

Earlier on Friday, Judges Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph, Madan B. Lokur and Justice Chelameswar, in an unprecedented move, left judiciary and observers stunned after they alleged that the Supreme Court administration was "not in order". "This is a serious matter", the bench said.

The pointed reference to the Loya case is meant to put BJP on the back foot as its party president Amit Shah was an accused in the Sohrabuddin case before being discharged. When told no, the court said it wanted to hear the state government too.

Loya died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleagues daughter. "It needs to be looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court". There has been some suspicion that Loya's death was not natural, and his family has alleged now that he was offered a bribe of 100 crores before his death.

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Justice Loya's death in mysterious circumstances had become one of the most debated issues of the previous year, and it looks like the case has bled into the year as well.

The case was later transferred to the CBI and the trial was shifted to Mumbai.

The Supreme Court is likely to defer the hearing of plea seeking independent probe into Judge Loya's death. Taking into consideration the implications of the four senior judges of the apex court publicly slamming Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Gandhi said that all citizens who love the idea of justice are looking at this issue and it should be addressed.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising said she also had instructions from Bombay Lawyers' Association to pray that the top court should not hear this matter.