Be it Mecca Masjid Blast case or any other event, our so very responsible politicians seem to take everything very seriously these days. They don’t seem to let anything go away from public’s attention. And judge Loya’s death is just another case being a mere rope in the BJP and Congress’ tug of war.
Yesterday, on the 19th April, Supreme Court rejected a batch of petitions in the District judge Loya’s death case. Supreme Court said that the petitions filed for independent inquiry in the death of judge Loya were a “frontal attack on judiciary” Further attacking the opposition’s intentions, it added, “political rivalries have to be solved in the hall of democracy” It also added, “Misuse of PIL is a matter of concern”
A FLASH BACK
In December 2014, District Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya died due to cardiac arrest while he was in Nagpur for a wedding. What makes his untimely death a suspicious matter is the fact that during his last days, he was hearing a case of a fake police encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. The cherry on the cake is the Party President of BJP, Amit Shah, who was allegedly involved in this case as he was the Home Minister of Gujarat at the time of this encounter. Shah was later discharged in this case by another judge who replaced Loya.
The questions regarding this case did not stir up until last year, when some media reports suggested treacherous actions in the death of judge Loya. Following which the Bombay Lawyers Association and a petitioner by the name of Suryakant approached Bombay High Court seeking an enquiry into the case. Not long after this a Maharashtra-based journalist Bandhuraj Lone along with Jayashri Patil and Congress Party Leader, Tehseen Poonawala, filed a petition regarding the same in the Supreme Court. A bench of three judges consisting of justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was appointed for the hearing.
POST VERDICT VERBAL WAR
While pronouncing the verdict, the Supreme Court said, “it is the court’s duty to protect the law” According to ANI reports, the court also said, “there is no merit in the petitions and there is no reason to doubt the statements of sitting judges. Attempt of the petitioners was to malign the judiciary,”
As always, finding a reason in everything for the others down fall, the political blame game started post-verdict. Being the Union Home Minister of the digitally growing India, Rajnath Singh is a master at twitter. In a series of tweets, Singh said that the Supreme Court order raised serious questions on the intentions of filing such complaints. These tweets also included home minister criticizing the “several attempts” to target the BJP top leaders in “fake” cases.
Congress leader, Salman Khurshid, was quoted by ANI saying, “I think many people would be deeply disappointed seeing such a judgment. But ultimately we have to respect judicial system abiding by the Supreme Court’s order,”
On the other hand, BJP Leader Sambit Patra attacking the Congress party chief said, “this is a new low in Indian Politics,” He further added, “there is an invisible hand behind the veiled petition which is if Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi,”
Amidst of all this, Judge Loya’s sister Dr. Anuradha Biyani in a story in Caravan magazine was quoted saying, “Nyay vyavastha main vishwas nahin hai,” (Don’t have faith in judicial system)
Words of Dr. Anuradha is not just a statement but is also indirectly a question to all. After speculating the whole political hustling around Judge Loya’s death, one may wonder if they should still have faith on our judiciary system.