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Petitioners seek SC-monitored probe into Loya death case

New Delhi
The Supreme Court on Thursday was told by one of the petitioners in the Judge BH Loya death case that since there were serious suspicions over the circumstances in which the judge died, the apex court should order a court-monitored independent probe.
Referring to the Maharashtra government report that was prepared in a"hurried and cavalier"manner following publication of an article in Caravan magazine in November 2017, Bombay Lawyers Association's lawyer Dushyant Dave told a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that"there are strong circumstances to show the suspicious character of the report".
Senior counsel Dave told the bench -- comprising also Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud -- that the report was"pre-conceived and pre-determined"and regretted that"unwittingly the judiciary has been drawn into it".
The court was hearing a batch of petitions by activists Tehseen Poonawala, Bombay Lawyers Association, Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone, and others for an independent probe into the Judge Loya's death. Judge Loya was holding trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh staged shootout case in which present Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah was an accused.

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