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Former Bombay HC Judge Asks for SIT Probe Into ‘Mysterious Circumstances’ Surrounding Judge Loya’s Death

Justice B.H. Marlapalle has written to the current chief justice of the court, asking her to take steps to urgently address the allegations.

The late judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, and BJP president Amit Shah. Credit: Caravan/Facebook/PTI

The late judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, and BJP president Amit Shah. Credit: Caravan/Facebook/PTI

New Delhi: A former Bombay high court judge, Justice (retired) B.H. Marlapalle, has written to the current chief justice of the court urging a probe into the ‘mysterious circumstances’ surrounding the death of Brijgopal Harkishan Loya in December 2014.

With his letter to Justice Manjula Chellur about the allegations of foul play in the death of the special CBI judge – who at the time was presiding over the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was the prime accused – Marlapalle has joined other members of judiciary to speak out against the allegations.

Stating that the apex court “while interpreting Article 235 of the Constitution of India, has repeatedly stated that the High Court is the guardian of the subordinate judiciary,” he said that Justice Chellur ordering an SIT probe into the matter “will certainly make the subordinate Court Judges to believe that they are not orphans.”

On November 23, while referring to the allegations levelled by the late Judge Loya’s family, Delhi high court Chief Justice A.P. Shah had said that failing to enquire into the allegations “would send a very wrong signal to the judiciary, particularly the lower cadre”.

The family of Judge Loya, who has questioned the circumstances around his death, has also claimed that in weeks leading up to his sudden death – ostensibly because of cardiac arrest – the late judge had revealed to them that Mohit Shah, then chief justice of the Bombay high court, had offered him Rs 100 crore to give a “favourable” judgment in the case.

Justice A.P. Shah has told The Wire in an exclusive interview that Justice Chellur or “the Chief Justice of India himself should look into this material and decide whether to order an enquiry, because if these allegations are not investigated it causes serious stigma on the judiciary.”

  • Anjan Basu

    Let more voices make themselves heard, voices that refuse to join the insane, obscene chorus of praise (that we hear all around us 24*7 today) of the ruling clique of Modi & Shah. Soon such voices of sanity and decency will be joined by millions more, and the resulting roar will drown out the flunkeys, the paid apologists and the countless belly-crawlers of the great nationalist brigade. TOI, Republic, Times Now, News 18 and all the rest of the patriotic media beware! Your game may soon be up for good!

    • Suresh Hari

      Yes these Fox news channels game is over

    • Suresh Hari

      Well said. TOI. Fox news type Channels Republic, Times Now, News 18 and all the rest of the patriotic media beware!

  • Suresh Hari

    Where is the Law minister the “Great actor Sivaji Ganeshan-Ravishankar Prasad” . Why is he keeping mum ?

    • Anjan Basu

      You know why he is not opening his mouth, don’t you? What can he say, other than berate such respected figures as Justice A P Shah? Even someone as obtuse as our worthy Law Minister knows that it is not easy to get away with foul-mouthing such eminent persons. So his mouth is tight shut.