Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday lashed out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi and urged not to use the court to fight political battles after the Supreme Court dismissed pleas to seek probe in Judge Loya's death. The bench particularly took serious note of Bhushan's plea that two of the judges - Khanwilkar and Chandrachud - should recuse themselves from hearing the matter as they come from Maharashtra and must be knowing all judges of the Bombay High Court concerned with the case.
However, later in the day, the Supreme Court registry termed the incident as a "technical snag" and said that the technical team was working to rectify the official website. Several other appeals were made to the Supreme Court for the same.
The petitioners had launched a veiled attempt to malign the judiciary and the credibility of judicial institutions was questioned, the three-judge bench said and criticised the attempts by senior advocates and activist lawyers Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising and Prashant Bhushan to make insinuations against judges, including that of the apex court. "And we will follow journalistically the questions that continue to puzzle the circumstances of Judge Loya's death", The Caravan Executive Editor Vinod K Jose said after SC ruling said adding that a press release and statement by The Caravan on the Loya verdict will be up shortly. "There is no ground for the court to hold that there was a reasonable suspicion about the cause or circumstances of death which would merit a further inquiry", the court said, referring to the judges accompanying Loya at the time of his death. It said that with these petitions it becomes clear that "a real attempt and frontal attack" was made on the independence of the judiciary and the present case was a manifestation to carry forward a personal agenda.
"For sometime, a few people were trying to politicise the judiciary".
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The apex court's decision labelled these petitions as "scandalous" and "an attack on the image of the Judiciary".
The court also condemned the manner in which CPIL brought on record the opinion of an independent expert, Upendra Kaul, to establish alleged foul play in the December 2014 death of judge Loya. "It will be true to say the invisible hand, the invisible body that the Supreme Court is talking about.is none other than Rahul Gandhi and the Congress", he said.
Earlier, Maharashtra's Journalist B.N. Lone and Tehseen Poonawalla filed a petition in Supreme Court to initiate an independent probe in this matter. The Congress had then demanded an impartial investigation into Loya's death.