India Supreme Court rejects calls for probe

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Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict regarding the rejection of pleas seeking Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe in Judge Loya's death case.

A few minutes after the court dismissed a batch of petitions seeking an independent investigation into the death of judge B. H. Loya, Supremecourtofindia.nic.in displayed the message "site under maintenance".

"Indians are deeply intelligent. The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him", tweeted Gandhi. "Today, I would like to restrict my comments only to the Supreme Court verdict in the Judge Loya case", said the Congress's communication head, Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Though judge Loya died on December 1, 2014, the controversy surrounding his death surfaced in November 2017 when news magazine Caravan published two articles raising doubts on the theory that Loya died a natural death. The statements contain matters of detail, which would be known to those who were present with judge Loya. "The BJP's attempts to make false political capital out of Supreme Court judgment must be condemned". Hostility of the third petitioner to the Congress party and proximity to the ruling BJP is well known in public domain. Shah was later discharged in the case. The Congress had been demanding a court-monitored probe, although it was not among the petitioners in the apex court.

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Amit Shah, president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had been accused of ordering extra judicial killings in 2005 while serving as home minister in the western state of Gujarat. "It has exposed the dirty design of the Congress and Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the country", he told reporters here. But as the submissions have evolved, it has become clear that the petition is a veiled attempt to launch a frontal attack on the independence of the judiciary and to dilute the credibility of judicial institutions.

The Bench had reserved the judgment on the pleas on March 16.

During their 12 January press conference, four senior-most apex court judges - J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph - had questioned the manner in which sensitive cases were being allocated and Loya's case was one of them.

A three-judge bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said there is no merit in the petitions while expressing their anguish at the conduct of the counsel for the petitioners.

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