A Congress leader, who filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of Special CBI judge B H Loya, today alleged he was pressurised by a senior advocate to withdraw his petition. "The Bombay High Court is seized of the matter and in my opinion the Supreme Court should not hear this matter".
At that time, he was handling the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh case in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah was one of the accused (but later discharged), besides top Gujarat Police officers. "If the court goes ahead with the hearing, it may have implications before the High Court", Dave said.
Before the commencement of hearing senior counsel Dushyant Dave, representing Bombay Lawyers' Association said, the high court was already seized of the matter and the top court should refrain from hearing the issue. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for journalist Lone, also said that matter should not be heard by the apex court. Advocate Anita Shenoy appeared for petitioner Maharashtra-based journalist Banduraj Sambhaji Lone.
Earlier on Thursday, a bench comprising, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, "sought an urgent hearing on the plea" for a probe into Justice Loya's death on December 1, 2014. Justice Mishra, however, said the Bench will look into the petition and also consider the objections raised.
The bench posted the matter for further hearing on 15 January.
The issue came to spotlight in November 2017 after media reports, quoting his sister, fuelled suspicion about his death. The case has been a contention of doubt, as Loya's family allege that he was taken to the hospital without any respectable supervision and died because of neglect, while Justice Gavai has said that he was sent to the hospital along with a court official and a judge who hailed from Mumbai.