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SC to hear tomorrow pleas for probe in judge B H Loya's death

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today agreed to hear tomorrow two separate pleas seeking independent probe into the death of special B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

A bench comprising Justice and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, in the forenoon, took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea filed by Maharashtra-based B R Lone for a probe into Loya's death on December 1, 2014.

Later in the day, another plea filed by on the same issue was mentioned by for urgent hearing before the bench, which agreed to hear it along with the earlier one.

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

The issue came under the spotlight in November last year after quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.

Poonawala, in his plea, said the circumstances revolving around the death of the were "questionable, mysterious and contradicting".

"It is the submission of the petitioner that the judges are bestowed with the duty to protect the Constitution and uphold the majesty of rule of law. The judiciary, if not protected, may be unable to fulfil its duty towards public at large. In cases where prima facie material is available to investigate, it is absolutely necessary to order an inquiry," the said.

The other plea filed by the submitted that a fair probe was needed into the mysterious death of Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin encounter case in which various police officers and were named as parties.

A PIL seeking probe into the judge's death has also been filed before the on January 8 by the Bombay Lawyers' Association.

In the encounter case, the along with Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria, Rajasthan-based Vimal Patni, former police P C Pande, of Police Geeta Johri and police officers and N K Amin have already been discharged.

A total of 23 accused, including police personnel, are currently facing trial for their involvement in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife and their associate Tulsidas Prajapati in in November 2005.

The case was later transferred to and the trial shifted to

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 19:30 IST