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New Bench Led by CJI Dipak Misra to Hear Loya Case Today as 'Crisis' in Judiciary Continues

The allocation of the Loya case to a relatively junior bench was one of the bones of contention raised by four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court in their unprecedented press conference on January 12.

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Updated:January 22, 2018, 8:50 AM IST
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New Bench Led by CJI Dipak Misra to Hear Loya Case Today as 'Crisis' in Judiciary Continues
File photo of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. (Reuters)

New Delhi: A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra will on Monday hear two petitions seeking independent probe into the death of CBI judge BM Loya, a case which was at the forefront of the ‘rebellion’ by four senior-most judges of the top court.

The supplementary cause list issued on Saturday had listed the petitions by activist Tehseen Poonawala and Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone before the bench of Chief Justice Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud.

Earlier, the two petitions were being heard by the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

The allocation of Judge Loya's matter to a relatively junior bench in Court No. 10 was one of the bones of contention raised by Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph in their unprecedented press conference on January 12.

The bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on January 17 recused itself from hearing the matter after the bench directed that all the documents furnished by the Maharashtra government to the court relating to the death of Judge Loya be shared with the petitioners seeking independent probe.

The state government, which had filed documents in a sealed cover relating to Loya's death, had during the hearing opposed the petitioners' demand that the entire material should be handed over to them for perusal.

Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

The issue of Loya's death had come under the spotlight in November last year after media reports quoting his sister had fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.

However, Loya's son had on January 14 said in Mumbai that his father died of natural causes and not under suspicious circumstances.

(With agency inputs)

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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