But Nagpur police insists that its investigation had concluded the death of the judge was natural and it stands by that conclusion.

Mumbai: Family members of the late special CBI judge B.H. Loya said Thursday’s Supreme Court decision rejecting the demand for an independent investigation into his death had extinguished their hopes of closure and “everything seemed managed”.

But a top Maharashtra police officer reiterated that investigations had found Loya’s death in December 2014 to be natural, caused by a cardiac arrest.

“The judgment is not as per our expectations. There are a number of unanswered questions,” said Srinivas Loya, the uncle of the judge.

“It would have been much better if there was an independent probe. But we don’t have any expectation from anyone any more about this. Everything seems managed. The media and opposition parties have been taking the issue up, but nothing seems to be coming of it,” he told ThePrint by phone from Latur.

Anuradha Biyani, the sister of the judge, echoed that sentiment.

Kya bolun ab (What should I say)?” said Biyani. “Jo ek vishwas tha woh bhi ab nahi hain. Kuch bolne ke jaisa rakha hi nahi hain chaar saal se ab kisi ne. (There is no hope left. For the past four years, we have been left with nothing to say).”

The interview

Judge Loya was conducting the trial into the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shiekh, in which BJP chief Amit Shah was an accused, when he died on 1 December 2014, while in Nagpur for the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.

After Loya’s death, judge M.B. Gosavi took over the trial. Shah and several other key accused were subsequently discharged, a month after Loya’s death.

Last year, Biyani, a government doctor based in Dhule, had alleged in an interview with Caravan magazine that her brother “was under immense pressure to give a favourable verdict in the case”. Biyani, along with father Harikishan Loya and sister Sarita Mandhane, a teacher in Aurangabad, had also raised suspicions about Loya’s death.

The report triggered a row, with subsequent media coverage pointing to alleged discrepancies in the probe conducted by Maharashtra police, hinting at a possible cover-up.

Loya’s immediate family went under the radar for weeks after the Caravan report. While his parents left their family home in Latur district, his sisters and son Anuj switched off their phones.

However, with the controversy refusing to die down, Anuj eventually held a press conference in Mumbai where he said the family had no suspicions regarding his father’s death. The doubts other family members had earlier, had been cleared, he added. Approached by ThePrint, Biyani had refused to comment on the issue at the time.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court dismissed the PILs filed by five petitioners seeking an independent probe into Loya’s death, saying it had found no reason to doubt the statements made by the judges accompanying Loya at the time of his death. A bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud also questioned the credibility of the petitioners. Anuj was unavailable for comment after the verdict.

‘No comment on suspicions’

Nagpur police has insisted the judge’s death was natural and joint commissioner of police Shivaji Bodhke reiterated that on Thursday.

“From our point of view, the investigation concludes that it was a natural death due to a cardiac arrest. I cannot comment on why any other person raised suspicions,” Bodhke told ThePrint by phone.

In November, ThePrint had reported that the Sadar police station at Nagpur, under whose jurisdiction Loya died, could not close the file on his death as his family had not given a statement and the probe was incomplete without it. The police station had subsequently begun re-verifying case details, procuring hospital documents and recording fresh statements.

Bodhke, however, said a statement from Loya’s immediate family, based in Latur, was not necessarily required. “The evidence necessary…under the circumstances was collected and presented to the court. All that was needed to declare the cause of death was recorded.”

“…It becomes necessary to take the statements of relatives far from the place of incident only when the reason of death is not clear. In this case, it was,” Bodhke said.

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  1. The CJI Dipak Misra is the culprit, a judge involved in Corruption in the Prasad Institutions case, was easy to get the job done for Amit Shah. Investigation would lead up to Amit Shah, in the same way had the CBI investigated the CJI in the Prasad Institutions case, he too would have been exposed as Amit Shah would have been. Chor Chor muserey bhai!!

    • And what about those Judges who were seen meeting and colluding with Daniel Raja after the press conference??? Are they not Corrupt or anyone from Left POLPOT Mafia is above suspicion????

    • Janardhan Rao : You are either completely IGNORANT or a shameless sycophant. Either way, you are a DISGRACE to India.

      • u scumbag anti india pigs need to be hanged in public to make a deterence ….. loyas immediate family has no doubts yet the sisters are braking upon the provocation of the congres sn canti mod commie gangs …. it will be fun soon to see that these shameless morons will use the dead body of any one for their petty politics …agnostic can take cognostic imbecile of anti modi gangs to their hell hoel n rot forever

  2. I am a little baffled by why Loya’s family believes that “an independent probe” will nail Amit Shah, given how compromised India’s institutions are. Do they really think a CBI probe is going to yield the truth when there is not an iota left of credibility of CBI. A clean chit will not end the suspicions that Shahs – Amit and Mohit, were involved in the judges death – either through a RSS managed murder or even a natural heart attack brought on owing to pressure exerted by the Shahs. The point is the Shahs need to come clean on this, otherwise the perception will stay, and votes don’t depend on court judgments, they rely on perception. Only the completely obtuse believe that Shah is innocent here. Having said that, there is no way this family will find closure unless there’s clarity on what happened to Judge Loya. The SC’s reasons for dismissing this case — that other judges ought to be blindly trusted — will be threadbared and shredded duly. But the complete shattering of institutions in India means that no probe in India will be fair and go against Shah. India’s police, CBI and judiciary have lost that trust. And noone can change that.

    • This is yhe exact picture.Every dept is managed as such u can not trust any one till BJP/ RSS in power for that before election in2019 EVM must be linked to Adhar card & other reqd measure for fair election.

    • SC has given a proper verdict and only the anti mod gangs are ranting nonsense n congressi n commies n those who are using the loyas death upto their benefit have to be sent to jail for raking up a nonissue n politicising the natural death of the man …going by this logic every death of a soldier n judge needs to be investigated where congress is involved along with the comies n anti india mullhas etc …. this will open a huge litigation against congress n role of congress in anti india terrorists acts also needs to be investigated

      • Yes. Congress will be investigated. but are you admitting that BJP is involved in majoritarian terrorism? Anti Indian terrorist acts?

  3. If CBI court judge,father of a Congress sitting, acquit all accused in 2G case, it will be considered as genuine judgement although there were umpteen questions remained unanswered ; CBI judge was beyond suspicion. When two cases pertained Dayanidhi Maran the same CBI Judge acquitted Maran and in those cases Kapil Sibal was lawyer to the accused. Congress party will go to any extent to spoil the name of judiciary if they are accused and awarded punishment.

    • If judiciary gives foolish judgments and says All judges are above questioning, do you think Indians are dumb enough to keep quiet? Forget Congress, they don’t matter. How did SC rationalise this order? How daft is SC?

      • You are so correct. Appreciate your clarity & bold views. The politicians dictate the courtroom proceedings. The criminals get acquitted because the evidence or pleading is inadequate & court does not hold the police or government accountable for blatant manipulation.

    • If CBI was under Congress when the judgement came, your point would have been fair. But the BJP currently controlls it. Anyway Loya is not about BJP/Congress nonsense. It’s simply about the SC not wanting a probe where there is reasonable ground for suspicision of foul play.

      • is it just a coincidence that crimnals of congerss n its allies are getting acquitted ? congress has stemmed the rot in judiciary n SC under CJI ishra has done a good job ..its time to sen this congres sn it commies n jihadi allies to jail for fooling the nation …

  4. Modi aur Amit shah jaise logo ka koi kuch nahi Kar sakta ye log itne powerfull hai ki law jaisi cheej AAJ Majak lagti hai Gujarat me jo hua w/o sabke saamne hai inke state me itna bada communal violence hua lots of people died and court gives him clean chit then who was responsible for mass murder kuch nahi hone Wale.jo inke against jayega finish to jayega no ileif in Indian judiciary

  5. Seems CJ Mishra is froud number one. He did not find the need to honor a family’s request for an independent probe and closed the case. Of course it need to reopen later with the an enlarged scope of this order also.

  6. Indian Judiciary system relies on evidence that is provided and how it is presented to make judgement. If the evidence is not provided, is manipulated or perceived manipulated, garbage, the verdict is also likely to be affected. And the ‘evidence’ unfortunately need not be fact or truth, or may not be scientific in some cases 🙁 how many Judges really understand fundamentals of science (and finance, commerce, economics etc)? The lawyers may feed them with garbage, and the judgments will be in accordance 🙁 I hope Judges rely on truly ethical, honest experts with scientific expertise – be it medical, telecom, IT, civil engineering, economics, business etc, who have no conflict of interest, and are isolated from external influence. The comments above also seem based on suspicion, emotion, gut feel / extrapolation based on certain past circumstances, but not supported with any solid evidence.

  7. Understanding the Opposition and family members have reservation, why can’t the CJI clear the apprehension by constituting an Independent probe if ever our learned Institution thought it was clean. After all, why and whom the Judges have to be afraid of in case no one’s involved in the death. I mean it’ll only washed their hands off if the Judges believes in their narrative and make them stronger in front of detractors. For this act, History has been written unprecedentedly by attracting the never ever done Impeachment. Wining the Impeachment or of No Confidence is all about figures and majority numbers. But Questions will remain to be asked and only a higher power will be able to answer it. At the end of the day, the same fabric that binds us to the Constitution that Justice will be deliver by an Institution independent of the powerful ones, is asked once again and the ghost of Loya’so death will continue to haunt not only the family and people but the same institution he’d stake his life.

  8. I recall a statement made by jettli during his early stint as law minister “ how judges queue up after retirement with application.”
    SC would have passed orders. It’s forgone conclusion the nation has already formed opinion. will the road lead like Kerala rajbhavan way. !!!!!!!

  9. Surprisingly khangress party and communist want to divide judiciary so that in case of ayodya verdict in favour of Hindus , Muslims start raising doubts against judiciary… In fact impeachment must be bring against the four crooked judges to vanish credibility of supreme court just to fulfill dreams of their masters in congress and CPM.

  10. The sc decision to judge Loya case is unfortunate and it is managed, sc stake is in danger. Ppl of India is to wake up, else ppl will die, raped, murder, bomb blast and cases will be managed. Today it’s with judge Loya, Tomorrow with me day after tomorrow somebody else. All these for to save one criminal of one party. Tomorrow it will be told that Mahatma Gandhi had committed sucide. I feel pity on sympathizers of BJP they are allowing this to happen. There is a only hope if Congress come to the power than justice will prevail so I request all our country men and women stand up and be in combative mode and support for Rahul Gandhi, jai hind

  11. Shu h bhai jab tumhare layak faisala na aaye to kh do sb bike hue h…iska mtlb to ye hua ki jo 4 judge press conference kr rhe the wo v congress k supporter h ….ek judge D raja se haath milata hua dikh rhe the…..

  12. biggest corrupt morons are the congress guys and they need to be hanged to get justice …. chelameshwr kurien n gogoi are all congress appointed n kins of congress in SC …. the rest of the judges are extremely fair n professional and they should move the impeachment motion against the four judges …4 judges are purely congress appointees and they ar acting against loya n Ram temple issue on which CJi will give a verdict

  13. Those persons who are on bail wants to impeach the CJI. And many idiots and rouges are supporting these people. Kapil Sibal is the biggest joker in the group of advocates along with Prashanth Bhushan. These people have always defended the criminals, murderers for money. These people went an appeal to S C during the mid of the night to pardon the killers of Indian citizens. With what face these people are going for impeachment. Who is going to impeach these criminal politician lawyers. They are law unto themselves. Shame on them.

  14. I hv bn writing abt the circumstances corroborate suspicion. Judges accompanying Loyaji aught to hv bn allowed to b questioned as witness. How they Cudn’t get separate rooms for their night stay at Ravi BHAWAN. HW THEY 3 CUD SLEEP ON A DBL BED UNLESS THE ACCOMPANYING JUDGES R Hiding some facts. Humans r humans. Judges can also faulter. Why a probe by SIT CUDN’T B ACCEDED TO ALLEVIATE DOUBTS IN PPL’S MIND? U R A VERY SR LAWYER n very well inform the nation with ur consider views so as to stem this tide.

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