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SC row: Opp wants "sensitive" matter probed

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Describing the concerns expressed by four senior-most Supreme judges as "unprecedented and sensitive", key opposition parties today demanded a probe into the issues flagged by them, including that of the mysterious death of BH

said the points highlighted by the judges were "extremely important" and called for a probe into Loya's case by the "highest level of the Supreme Court".

The said the PIL concerning the death of must be entrusted to the senior-most judges of the apex who should ensure that under their supervision there is a "thorough and impartial" investigation by an independent SIT.

Special B H Loya, who was hearing the high- profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, had allegedly died under mysterious circumstances in 2014. The apex had yesterday agreed to hear two separate pleas seeking independent probe into the death.

chief was an accused in the case but was discharged.

One of the four senior-most judges, who held an unprecedented press conference, had said that the matter involving Loya's death was one of the issues underpinning their differences with

"I think the points that have been raised by the four judges are extremely important. They have mentioned there is a threat to democracy. It needs to be looked into carefully.

"They also made a point about Loya's case. I think that is also something that needs to be investigated properly. It needs to be looked at from the highest level of the Supreme Court," Gandhi told reporters here tonight.

In his brief statement, Gandhi said that all citizens who love the idea of justice and believe in the were looking at the developments, and therefore it was important that those were addressed.

A battery of senior politician-lawyers including Kapil Sibal, P Chidambaram, Manish Tewari, and were present at the press conference. Senior party leaders Ahmed Patel, AICC in-charge of Maharashtra and its Randeep Singh Surjewala were also present.

In its statement on the issue, read out by Surjewala, the Congress said it was perturbed by the developments and that observations made by the judges and the issues raised by them at their press conference were "extremely disturbing" and have a "far-reaching" consequences for the values that are held sacred-- safeguarding democracy and preserving the independence of the judiciary.

"The Congress earnestly appeals that the of the should take up the issues raised by the four the judges and find solutions that are consistent with the traditions and conventions of the judiciary pointed out by the judges and that will preserve the independence of the judiciary," it said.

In the matter of assignment of cases, the established conventions and traditions of the courts must be followed and the selective assignment of cases must be stopped forthwith, the statement said.

CPI(M) said a thorough investigation was required to understand how the independence and integrity of the judiciary was getting "affected", after the judges said many "less than desirable" things had taken place in the apex court.

He said it was necessary for the three wings of democracy -- the executive, the legislature and the judiciary - to ensure that whatever issues had been raised were corrected.

Former member called it a "dark day" for democracy, saying for the first time sitting SC judges had to speak before the media to highlight complaints.

"It is a dark day for democracy that even the judges are working under pressure and without independence," he said.

Four senior judges of the today virtually revolted against of India Dipak Misra, listing a string of problems that they said were afflicting the country's highest court, and warned those could destroy Indian democracy.

Meanwhile, the CPI today clarified that its member D Raja visited Justice J Chelameswar, one of the four judges, in his personal capacity and not as a of the party.

Raja, on his part, said he met the udge because he knew him since his student days.

"Raja went in his personal capacity and not as a of the party", CPI S Sudhakar Reddy told

Reddy also said it was a "misunderstanding" that his party wanted to meddle in the controversy.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 22:00 IST