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Cong says SC verdict on Loya death probe marks a sad day in India’s history

Judge Loya allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter. He was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2018 15:00 IST
Agencies, New Delhi
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The Congress said on Thursday that the Supreme Court’s dismissal of petitions seeking an independent probe into the death of judge Loya marks a sad day in India’s history.

“The verdict marks a sad day in India’s history. The Supreme Court verdict has left many questions unanswered.There were discrepancies in the post-mortem report, even in recording the name of the victim properly,” ANI quoted Congress spokesperson RS Surjewala as saying during a press conference.

Earlier, another party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi, also said the SC judgement will raise more questions and leave many of them unanswered unless logical reasons were found in it.

“Dispassionate analysis of Loya judgement must await its full reasoning. But unless logical reasons found in it, it will raise more questions and leave many unanswered,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said on Twitter.

In his first response to the verdict, Singhvi said the apex court can remove suspicions only by dealing with them directly.

“Am prepared to accept (a) heavy emphasis in SC Loya regarding veracity of accompanying judges, (b) anguish regarding scandalous arguments, (c) initiation of contempt if it arises, and (d) provided it is accompanied by solid reasons rebutting the 7/8 suspicious circumstances raised. Absent that, above lamentations not enough (sic),” he tweeted.

Judge Loya allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter. He was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

Judge Loya’s death had come under the spotlight in November last year after media reports quoting his sister had fuelled suspicion about circumstances surrounding it and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.

But his son on January 14 said in Mumbai that his father died of natural causes.

First Published: Apr 19, 2018 12:20 IST