At the core of the stunning “rebellion” against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, by the four judges who rank just after him, is the case of CBI judge BH Loya. Judge Loya, 48, died in 2014 while attending a wedding in Nagpur.
His family has alleged that his death was unnatural and linked to the only case he was handling at the time. Five months before his death, Judge Loya had taken over the CBI’s case of murder against BJP president Amit Shah.
“It is a serious matter,” the Supreme Court said today, hearing a request for an independent inquiry into the death. Asked if their complaints included the case of the death of Judge Loya, Justice Ranjan Gogoi just said, “yes”.
The CBI had alleged that Amit Shah, as Home Minister of Gujarat, ordered the extra-judicial killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a petty criminal in Gujarat, his wife, and their friend who was a witness to Sheikh’s gunning down in 2005.
About two weeks after Judge Loya died, the judge who replaced him in the Sohrabuddin case let off Amit Shah and ruled out a trial.
Judge Loya’s family alleges that days before his death, he was offered Rs. 100 crores as a bribe to rule in favour of the BJP chief. Medical records show Judge Loya died of a cardiac arrest.