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SC transfers petitions related to Justice Loya’s death to itself

The Supreme Court on Monday transferred two cases pertaining to CBI special judge Justice B. H. Loya’s death from the Bombay High Court to itself.

The apex court will hear the matter next in the first week of February.

The country’s top court said that it would examine all the documents.

“This is a serious matter.

We have seen all the newspaper reports. We would like to see all the records”, the court said.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government told the Supreme Court that a careful and prudent investigation was conducted after the media reports.

It further said that four judicial officers assured that there was no foul play involved.

The state government continued that the Bombay High Court recorded the statements that said Justice Loya died of cardiac arrest.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra was hearing the pleas seeking an investigation into the allegedly suspicious death of Justice Loya.

The Judge Loya case was one of many issues raised by four Supreme Court judges in the January 13 press conference. They alleged that the CJI was assigning cases to benches of his personal preference.

Justice Loya, at the time of his death in December 2014, was hearing the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh police encounter case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was an accused along with several others. Shah was subsequently discharged from the case by the judge who took over the case.

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