Judge Loya death case – CM Devendra Fadnavis seeks opposition’s apology

Ruling out foul play in Loya’s death, the Supreme Court on Thursday concluded that he had died of “natural causes” and dismissed petitions seeking inquiry into the circumstances of the death.

Speaking to mediapersons, Fadnavis maintained that the order has exposed the Opposition, which was raising “unsubstantiated charges” against the governments at the Centre and the state.

Demanding a public apology from the Opposition and a few media houses, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said the Supreme Court’s decision in the CBI Special Judge B H Loya’s death case has more than established that Maharashtra government’s investigation into the matter was free and fair.

The Maharashtra government had argued in the apex court that all pleas seeking an independent probe into Loya’s death were motivated and aimed at targeting “one individual” in the guise of upholding the rule of law.

The top court dismissed PIL seeking an independent investigation into the death of the judge, who was trying the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case, when he passed away in December 2014. Senior BJP leader Amit Shah was an accused in the case; he was eventually acquitted.

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. A batch of pleas, including those filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based B S Lone, was filed in the top court seeking an independent probe into Loya’s death in 2014.