SC 'exposes' Cong in Loya case; Rahul should tender apology: Assam CM

SC 'exposes' Cong in Loya case; Rahul should tender apology: Assam CM

Ronald Pratt
April 20, 2018

With the Supreme Court dismissing the petition that sought a court-monitored investigation into the death of Judge B.H. Loya, both the Congress and the BJP have launched a tirade against each other over the politically sensitive case.

"Indians are deeply intelligent. It was filed to cause damage to our party (BJP) President Amit Shah in particular".

"The people who have been politicising the judiciary for their own motives, now stand exposed", he said at a press conference.

The reason for some petitioners suspecting that the judge's death was "mysterious" is linked to Loya being the judge hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh "fake encounter" killing case.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh has also welcomed Apex Court's decision on judge Loya case. "There are a number of unanswered questions", said Srinivas Loya, the uncle of the judge. Original petitioners before the court were Bombay Advocates Association.

Demanding an apology from Gandhi and Congress for trying to "frame" Shah and BJP, Javadekar said Congress was resorting to "dirty politics" in desperation as it was losing elections in every state.

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While the BJP alleged the petitions in the Loya case were filed on the instigation of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vehemently denied that the party or its leaders had any hand in the Loya case and said the BJP's allegations against Rahul were a "malicious attempt" to gain political mileage. The suspicious circumstances in which Loya died, was a matter of deep concern for those who have faith in the judiciary.

Dismissing the petitions, the court said: "There is no doubt and it is clear from the statements of the judicial officers that Loya died of natural causes".

In this background, the BJP's attempt to make false capital out of the Supreme Court judgement must be condemned with strongest possible words, he added.

Talking to reporters here, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said, "today is a "Sad Letter Day" in India's history".

Loya died allegedly of cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter. Several other appeals were made to the Supreme Court for the same. "Conduct of the petitioners and intervenors scandalises the process of the court and prima facie constitutes criminal contempt", the bench said but refrained from initiating criminal contempt proceedings.

Joint Police Commissioner of Nagpur Shivaji Bodkhe said the "petitions were wrong as they were unaware of the truth".