Meanwhile, the Bombay Lawyers Association, one of the petitioners, has made a decision to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the verdict.
Four seniormost judges of the Supreme Court had held a press conference to air their grievances with regard to the style of functioning of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, and the tipping point for the unprecedented move was learnt to be the allocation of the Loya case to a certain bench of the Supreme Court. "Justice Loya died of natural causes and the petitions were a serious attempt to scandalise and obstruct the course of justice", the judges said.
Loya died allegedly of cardiac arrest on December 1, 2014, in Nagpur where he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.
Reacting to the Supreme Court's verdict, Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam expressed his disappointment and said that the supreme court should have formed a committee to investigate this matter.
After taking over from Judge Utpat, Judge Loya had also questioned Shah's absence and had ordered for his presence for the next hearing.
The BJP on Thursday said the "invisible hand" behind the petition on Judge B.H. Loya case was of the Congress and its President Rahul Gandhi and they should apologise to the country for defaming the judiciary. Sambit Patra said the petitions were filed with a political agenda. We reject and condemn the malicious attempts of BJP to misinterpret Supreme Court judgment for finger-pointing. "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 said.
In a hard-hitting order, a three-judge Bench trashed every charge made in the petitions filed by Congress spokesperson Tehseen Poonawala, lawyer associations, a journalist, and individual citizens, but stopped short of initiating criminal contempt against the lawyers who represented them despite holding that the petitions scandalised the judiciary by levelling false charges. "The judiciary must continue to perform its duty even if it is not palatable to some. Judicial review is a potent weapon to preserve the rule of law".
Cautioning against the rising misuse of PILs, it said, "There is a danger that the judicial process will be reduced to a charade, if disputes beyond the ken of legal parameters occupy the judicial space". "But today we are registering our protest", he said.
The evidence available has led the apex court to believe that Loya did, indeed, die of natural causes. "The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him".