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Initiate High Level Judicial Inquiry Into Judge Loya’s Death: Former Civil Servants Write to CJI

“A judicial probe at this point, at least to respond to the queries raised by the family, and to uphold the image of the judiciary in the eyes of the people of India, is absolutely necessary.”

BJP chief Amit Shah and the late judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya. Credit: PTI/Caravan

BJP chief Amit Shah and the late judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya. Credit: PTI/Caravan

New Delhi: Thirty-two signatories, including retired secretaries to the government of India, four former ambassadors and a former chief information commissioner of a state government, today appealed to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and the chief justice of the Bombay high court to order a high level probe into the death of Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya.

The appeal attached the request made by former Navy chief Admiral (Retd.) L. Ramdas, also to the CJI and the chief justice of the Bombay high court, that a high level judicial enquiry be initiated into the controversial circumstances of the death of Judge Loya. Justice (Retd.) B. H. Marlapalle, former judge of the Bombay high court and Justice (Retd.) A. P. Shah, former chief justice of the Delhi high court have also expressed the need for an enquiry.

The pleas seeking a probe have followed two reports the Caravan magazine published that quoted immediate members of Loya’s family, who questioned the circumstances surrounding his death. Loya, who was presiding over the CBI court in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, passed away on December 1, 2014, after a heart attack while in Nagpur to attend a colleague’s daughter’s wedding.

The letter stated:

We, the undersigned retired civil servants, would like to place on record our support for the request made by Admiral (Retd.) L. Ramdas to institute a “high level judicial inquiry” into this matter and urge you to take appropriate action for all the reasons mentioned in his representation.

In Admiral Ramdas’s letter, he stressed the importance of democratic institutions – the executive, the legislature and the judiciary – and the constitution. The letter said: “A judicial probe at this point, at least to respond to the queries raised by the family, and to uphold the image of the judiciary in the eyes of the people of India, is absolutely necessary.”

The signatories to the letter are as follows:

  1. S.P. Ambrose, IAS (Retd.), former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping and Transport, GoI
  2. Ishrat Aziz, IFS (Retd.), former Ambassador to Brazil
  3. G. Balagopal, IAS (Retd.), former Resident Representative, UNICEF, North Korea
  4. Sundar Burra, IAS (Retd.), former Secretary, Government of Maharashtra
  5. Kalyani Chaudhuri, IAS (Retd.), former Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal
  6. Vibha Puri Das, IAS (Retd.), former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI
  7. Keshav Desiraju, IAS (Retd.), former Health Secretary, GoI
  8. M.G. Devasahayam, IAS (Retd.), former Secretary to Government of Haryana
  9. Sushil Dubey, IFS (Retd.), former Ambassador to Sweden
  10. K.P.Fabian, IFS (Retd.), former Ambassador to Italy
  11. Meena Gupta, IAS (Retd.), former Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, GoI
  12. Deepa Hari, IRS (Resigned)
  13. Dr Sajjad Hassan, IAS (Retd.), former Commissioner (Planning), Govt. of Manipur
  14. K. John Koshy, IAS (Retd.), former State Chief Information Commissioner, West Bengal
  15. Ajai Kumar, Indian Forest Service (Resigned), former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI
  16. Arun Kumar, IAS (Retd.), former Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
  17. Harsh Mander, IAS (Retd.), Government of Madhya Pradesh
  18. Aditi Mehta, IAS (Retd.), former Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan
  19. Sunil Mitra, IAS (Retd.), former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
  20. Deb Mukharji, IFS (Retd.), former Ambassador to Nepal
  21. Anup Mukerji, IAS (Retd.), former Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar
  22. Alok Perti, IAS (Retd.) former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI
  23. N.K. Raghupathy, IAS (Retd.), former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
  24. Aruna Roy, IAS (Resigned)
  25. Manab Roy, IAS (Retd.), former Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal
  26. Umrao Salodia, IAS (Retd.), former Chairman, Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation, Government of Rajasthan
  27. Deepak Sanan, IAS (Retd.), former Principal Adviser (AR) to the Chief Minister of the Government of Himachal Pradesh
  28. E.A.S. Sarma, IAS, (Retd.), former Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, GoI
  29. Dr.N.C.Saxena, IAS (Retd.), former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
  30. Ardhendu Sen, IAS (Retd.), former Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal
  31. Dr. Raju Sharma, IAS (Retd.), former Member, Board of Revenue, Government of Uttar Pradesh
  32. Jawhar Sircar, IAS (Retd.), former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, and CEO, Prasar Bharati

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