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Issue of Judge B H Loya's death serious: SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today termed as a "serious matter" the issue of alleged mysterious death of special B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, and sought response from on pleas seeking an independent probe into it.

The top said, "This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte".

A bench of justices and M M Shantanagoudar asked Maharasthra Nishant R Katneshwarkar to file reply by January 15.

At the outset, senior Dushyant Dave, representing Bombay lawyers association, said the high is seized of the matter and the apex court should not hear the pleas.

"The is seized of the matter and in my opinion the should not hear this matter. If the court goes ahead with the hearing, it may have implications before the high court," Dave said.

Senior Indira Jaising, appearing for one of the petitioners Maharashtra-based B R Lone, said that she has also instructions from Bombay lawyers association that this matter should not be heard by the top court.

The bench, however, said it will look into the petitions but will also consider the objections raised.

Varinder Kumar Sharma, appearing for another petitioner Tehseen Poonawala, said this is a case where a mysterious death of a has taken place on December 1, 2014 and it needs to be investigated.

The bench then asked Katneshwarkar to file the mortem report and other relevant documents regarding the death of besides taking instruction from the

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on January 15.

had died of cardiac arrest in on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 12:45 IST