Invisible hand behind Loya death probe pleas in SC is of Rahul Gandhi: BJP

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that judge Loya died of natural causes and that the petitions to probe his death were a serious attempt to scandalise and obstruct the course of justice.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2018 16:54 IST
Agencies, New Delhi
Loya death investigation,supreme court,judge loya death case
BJP National Spokesperson Sambit Patra. The BJP has charged that Gandhi was behind the PILs seeking probe into the death of judge Loya and tried to use the judiciary for ‘character assassination’ of Amit Shah. (Ravi Kumar / HT )

The BJP on Thursday mounted an attack on the opposition Congress after the Supreme Court rejected pleas to probe the death of judge BH Loya, alleging that the “invisible” hand behind the petitions was that of Rahul Gandhi who tried to use the judiciary for “character assassination” of Amit Shah.

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

Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra described the public interest litigations seeking the probe into the death of Judge Loya as “political interest litigation”, and charged that Gandhi and his party were behind it.

Noting that the Congress had held press conferences and Gandhi had led a delegation of opposition parties to the President seeking a probe, Patra said he should “apologise” and be “ashamed” for his conspiracy to target Amit Shah, and Indian judiciary and democracy.

The Congress engages in all sorts of conspiracies after its ruling family loses power, he alleged and added the attempt to use judiciary for political purposes was a “new low” in Indian politics. The “invisible hand” behind these petitions in the apex court belonged to Gandhi and the Congress, Patra alleged.

He alleged that they were filed to settle political scores as the opposition party is incapable of taking on Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the electoral field.

Reacting to the SC ruling, Union home minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said that an attempt to malign senior leaders has failed. He said its clear that judiciary cannot be made a field for political battles.

“Rahul does not want that any person other than someone from the Gandhi family should run the country. The Congress stands exposed,” Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted.

Talking to reporters later, Yogi said, “The verdict in judge Loya case has exposed the Congress once again. Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the people of the country. They have tried to create such an environment that develops negative emotions in the people for the government.”

Another Union minister, Dr Jitendra Singh, demanded that Rahul Gandhi should apologise to Amit Shah. He also said if you are doubting the credentials of the judiciary, then you are also doubting the credentials of all the investigations and evidences.

The issue of 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, which he was hearing before he died.

Shah was an accused in the case but was later discharged. Several activists and opposition parties had alleged a foul play in his death.

While dismissing the plea for an independent probe, the top court on Thursday said that with these petitions it becomes clear that a real attempt and a frontal attack was made on the independence of the judiciary.

The apex court said frivolous and motivated litigation has been filed to settle political rivalry.

First Published: Apr 19, 2018 14:22 IST