On Monday while Supreme Court was looking into a petition seeking probe into the death of Judge Loya, court reprimanded a lawyer and asked him “as of now the death was natural” and so no aspersions shall be cast on persons holding power.
“Even you agree that as of now the death is natural. Then please do not cast aspersions on persons holding power. Let us go about the issue objectively… dispassionately,” Justice D Y Chandrachud, part of the bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, told advocate Dushyant Dave.
Dave who appeared for Bombay Lawyers association frequently dragged the name of Amit Shah.
Shah was given a clean chit in the Sohrabuddin case in 2014. Judge Loya was hearing the matter at that time.
As per official records, the 48-year-old judge had died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur, where he had gone to attend a wedding on December 1, 2014.
Dave slammed advocates Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi for representing Maharashtra government, which had submitted a report that the judge died due to cardiac arrest and there was no foul play.
Dave said they had appeared for Shah in the Sohrabuddin case, and this was a “clear conflict of interest”.
“Everything is being done to save Amit Shah. All have united to do so. The government report giving a clean chit is a sham,” Dave said.
The court’s caution came after Salve asked Dave: “What is this Amit Shah, Amit Shah? You cannot cast aspersions in the highest court on persons who are not here. You cannot jump three steps and pass comments just because Amit Shah is a prominent politician.”
While Loya’s son Anuj said they did not suspect about the circumstances of his father’s death, Loya’s uncle Shrinivas demanded a thorough probe claiming that the judge’s son made the statement under pressure.
It is to be noted that this case was being heard by a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, who later recused.