The Maharashtra government on Monday presented documents related to the Judge Loya's death case before the Supreme Court, which said that issues raised in the current petitions were serious and "we must look into all documents with utmost seriousness", reported Times of India.
It asked the parties to catalogue the documents that have not been filed so far, and submit them for its perusal on February 2, the next date of hearing. The top court also directed the High Courts across the country not to entertain any PILs related to Judge Loya's death.
Yesterday, the BLA's counsel, Dushyant Dave, said the documents produced by Maharahstra were incomplete. He also alluded to the fact that Judge Loya's father and sister have demanded an inquiry into the death of Loya.
Addressing the bench, Dave said, "We are happy to assist you".
The court also asked lawyers not to cast aspersions on BJP president Amit Shah, who is not a politician before it. The court called the controversy over the death a "serious issue" and urged for a sense of objectivity.
"The claim in the media report that Loya was taken to hospital in a three-wheeler was completely baseless as the judges have stated in their statements that Loya was taken in a vehicle to the hospital", Salve said, adding then Bombay HC chief justice Mohit Shah was informed about the developments on a realtime basis and the CJ had taken steps for adequate medical help to Loya, who could not be revived. It also restrained other High Courts from dealing with the matter, and transferred the case pending in the Bombay High Court to itself. During the hearing, the apex court castigated a senior lawyer for raking up Shah's name in the case.
While Salve defended the report of the Maharashtra government on the death of Judge Loya that he had submitted before the Supreme Court, Dave hit back saying he had documents - accessed under the Right to Information - which contradict all claims made in this report. He said that some other judges and a deputy registrar had accompanied Judge Loya to the hospital on the fateful day after he complained of uneasiness and that contrary to the claims made in the media report in question, there was nothing suspicious about the death of the judge at the Nagpur hospital.
Amit Shah was discharged from the case with a new judge ruling that there was no evidence to merit his trial. But Mr. Dave continued to say that "all this is to protect one man and one man only". Then, Anuj Loya, son of Loya, told the media that the family was not suspicious of anyone, any longer.
When Jaising repeated that the court was essentially passing a gag order and pointed out that the same bench had batted for freedom of speech in the case involving the film Padmavat, an irked Misra reacted strongly.