CPM demands Loya's death case verdict must be reviewed by larger bench

SC dismisses plea for SIT probe in Judge Loya case

While the BJP and the Congress were locked in a high-decibel back-and-forth over the Supreme Court's ruling, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to say: "Indians are deeply intelligent".

"This issue was raised three years after his (Judge Loya's) death and was an attempt to make a hidden attack on BJP President Amit Shah", he said in his reaction while attending some events in Nanded. "By casting unfounded aspersions on the judicial officers who had accompanied judge Loya, the petitioners have revealed real motive of these proceedings which is to bring the judiciary into disrepute on the basis of scurrilous allegations", the bench said.

"It is a travesty of justice in the guise of demanding independence of judiciary as if there is a great danger to this institution", the court said.

"The SC has also cautioned against the misuse of courts in a political tug of war".

Immediately after the court gave its verdict, the BJP mounted an attack on the Congress, alleging that the "invisible" hand behind the petitions was that of Mr Gandhi who tried to use the judiciary for "character assassination" of its chief Amit Shah.

The Court came down upon the petitioners and their counsel Dushyant Dave, V Giri and Prashant Bhushan for what it termed as scandalising the judiciary and judges and for misusing PIL jurisdiction to settle political scores.

The court opined that political battles should be fought in the "halls of democracy" and not inside court.

The Congress on Thursday said that it was a sad letter day in the country's history and pitched for a fair probe into the matter.




"The Congress has always promoted one family and when they are out of power they hatch such conspiracies", he said.

"CPIL procured copies of judge Loya's ECG (electrocardiogram) and histopathology report and sent them to Dr (Upendra) Kaul". The copy of the entire judgment is not yet available.

Within a month of Loya's death, the new trial judge in Mumbai discharged Shah from the Sohrabuddin case. We reject and condemn the malicious attempts of the BJP to misinterpret the judgement for finger pointing, he said.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Judge Loya died of natural causes and that the petitions were serious attempts to scandalise and obstruct the course of justice.

The top court said the judicial process will be reduced to a "charade" if the courts are burdened with such cases with extraneous reasons.

Justice Chandrachud, writing the judgment for the Bench, said, "We must lean in favour of the version of the four judicial officers unless strong and indisputable circumstances are shown to doubt their credibility".

Every hearing in the case was explosive, with the petitioners and the government hurling accusations at each other.

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