- Reactions to the Supreme Court judgment were expected along party lines
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking an independent probe into judge Loya’s death, ruling that the judge died of natural causes and that the petitions were a serious attempts to scandalise and obstruct the course of justice.
The apex court said frivolous and motivated litigation has been filed to settle political rivalry.
Reactions to the judgment were expected along party lines.
At a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra described the PIL as “political interest litigation”, and charged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his party were behind it.
Rahul should “apologise” and be “ashamed” for his conspiracy to target Amit Shah, and Indian judiciary and democracy, he said.
The BJP spokesperson continued his attack on the Congress, saying it engages in all sorts of conspiracies after its ruling family loses power, 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 remarked, going on to say 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.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath also express his two bits on the judgment. “The verdict in JudgeLoya 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 people for the govt. Welcome the decision of SC.”
Meanwhile, the Congress too reacted to the judgment, Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi tweeted “Dispassionate analysis of Loya judgment awaits its full reasoning. But unless logical reasons found in it, it will raise more questions and leave many unanswered,” he commented.
Salman Khurshid, also from the Congress, said “Many-many people would be deeply disappointed but this is the Supreme Court & if Supreme Court takes a view we have to accept it and respect it.”
Shivaji Bodkhe, Joint CP Nagpur, supported the verdict. “The investigation was done professionally by Nagpur Police and those documents and evidence have been presented in the SC, the decision is based on that. The petitions were wrong as they unaware of the truth,” he said.
Judge Loya was trying the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case, when he passed away in December 2014. Senior BJP leader Amit Shah was an accused in the case; he was eventually acquitted. Several activists and opposition parties had alleged foul play in his death.