Judge Loya Death Case: Fresh Plea in Bombay High Court


Mumbai: A fresh public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Bombay High Court, seeking an unprecedented seven-judge bench to hear the case concerning the death of former CBI Special Judge B.H. Loya, a lawyer said here on Thursday. “There have been similar benches in the Supreme Court in the past. However, if our prayer is granted, this will be the first time ever (seven-judge bench) in any high court in India,”

lawyer Nitin Satpute, representing the petitioner Sanjay R. Bhalerao. Among the 24 respondents named in the PIL are the Supreme Court Secretary-General, the Bombay High Court Registrar-General, several Maharashtra government departments and officials, police officers, medics and the Inspector-General of the Special Protection Group (SPG). The PIL has urged the High Court to treat the voluminous petition as a ‘First Information Report’ and order investigations under its supervision into Judge Loya’s death by constituting a three-member Special Investigation Team comprising IPS officers from state where the Bharatiya Janata Party or its allies are not in power. Bhalerao said the concerned police stations and police officials in Mumbai and Nagpur should be ordered to collect the detailed records of Judge Loya’s itinerary from Mumbai to Nagpur, where he died on December 1, 2014. (IANS)


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