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SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Special Investigation Team Probe Into Death Of Justice Loya

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| April 19 , 2018 , 11:38 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the petitions seeking an independent Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the death of Justice B H Loya on December 2014 who died when he was trying the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which BJP leader Amit Shah was an accused.

"There is no merit in the petitions and there is no reason to doubt the statements of sitting Judges, attempt of the petitioners was to malign the judiciary," said SC while dismissing PIL.

The apex termed the petition as 'frivolous' and said it was 'bereft of any truth' and that it was clear with 'not a shred of doubt' that judge Loya died from a natural death.

The petitioners' advocates Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising and Prashant Bhushan had reportedly launched a frontal attack on the judiciary, egging the apex court to disbelieve the 3 judicial officers who were with Loya in Nagpur who said that the judge had died of a heart attack.

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Justice Loya had allegedly died of cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014 in Nagpur when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that during the arguments, the counsel forgot to maintain institutional civility towards the apex court's judges and made wild allegations.

Although political parties had alleged that there was suspicion about the circumstances surrounding the death of Justice Loya, his son on January 14 in Mumbai said that his father had died of natural causes.