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Petition filed in SC over Loya's death motivated: Lawyers body

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The (BLA) today claimed a filed in the Supreme Court, seeking a probe into the death of special B H Loya, was "motivated".

The petition, filed by B R Lone, was submitted to ensure a by the association on the same issue is not heard by the Bombay High Court, the BLA claimed.

The association had earlier this week petitioned the HC, seeking a judicial inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of in 2014.

Loya, at the time, was hearing the case related to the alleged fake encounter killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife and associate Tulsi Prajapati in 2005.

BLA today held a press conference following allegations made by four senior judges of the Supreme claiming impropriety on part of Chief Justice of in assigning important cases.

Among the cases mentioned by the four SC judges included the one linked with Loya's death.

"Our was filed on January 4. This petition in the Supreme has been filed subsequently. This was motivated and meant to ensure the High does not hear our petition on the ground that the apex court is seized of the matter," Abdi said.

He also alleged that even though their petition was filed on January 4, it was numbered by the HC only in the afternoon of January 12 after the unprecedented press conference of the four SC judges in

"If the lawyers association faces such treatment then what about the general public? The High Court takes suo motu (on its own) cognisance of issues like potholes on roads but not in the case of a judge's death. My demand is for an open inquiry (into Loya's death)," Abdi said.

HC General S D Agarwal, however, refuted the allegations and said at present there is only one doing the job of accepting petitions, PILs and other suits, and numbering them.

"There are supposed to be two registrars. But right now there is only one as the has been transferred. Hence, there is a delay in petitions being assigned numbers," Agarwal said.

Abdi had earlier this week mentioned his petition before a Division Bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Dangre, which posted it for hearing on January 23.

Abdi today said he would now be filing an intervening application in the SC, seeking that the case and all petitions pertaining to it be heard by the Bombay HC as it is in-charge of Maharashtra's subordinate judiciary of which was a part.

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

Lone, in his petition filed in the SC, had submitted that a fair probe was needed into the death of Loya.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 21:30 IST