SC Asks Maha govt to hand over Judge Loya file

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra govt to hand over all documents pertaining to the death of Special CBI Judge BH Loya to the two petitioners seeking a probe into the matter.

“It is a matter where they(petitioners) should see everything,: said Justice Arun Mishra before the bench that also comprised Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar.

The order said “Let the documents be placed on record within seven days and if considered appropriate, copies be furnished to the petitioners.”

At the tag end the order read “Put up before the appropriate bench” leading to speculation that the Loya case may be allocated to another bench by the Chief Justice, a demand raised by the four senior judges in their unprecedented protest.

The backdrop
On Nov 23, 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh who was travelling on a public bus with his wife from Hyederabad to Sangli, Maharastra was taken away by Gujarat police ATS and killed three days later in the alleged staged encounter on a highway at Vishala Circle near Ahmedabad.

Sheikh’s wife Kauser Bi also disappeared the same day as his killing.  She was allegedly raped, strangulated and cremated in Illol,the native village of deputy commissioner of police DG vanzara later in the day.

A year later on Dec 26, 2006 Shekh’s associate Tulsiram Prajapati, a witness to Shekhi’s killing was also killed in another police encounter shooting.

CBI accused Amit Shah, then Home Minister of Gujarat, of ordering the extra-judicial killings in a fake encounter.

CBI Judge BH Loya was hearing the case  and had sternly warned Shah to appear before the court by December 31 2014. In  two weeks of the order, Justice Loya died in what the family claims to be a foul play.

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