Loya death: Congress seeks fair probe, Rahul targets Amit Shah

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Earlier in the day, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the top court's verdict dismissing the pleas seeking an independent probe into Loya's death will raise more questions and leave many of them unanswered unless logical reasons were found in it. "By casting unfounded aspersions on the judicial officers who had accompanied judge Loya, the petitioners have revealed real motive of these proceedings which is to bring the judiciary into disrepute on the basis of scurrilous allegations", the bench said. "The truth of Judge Loya's death will one day positively come out after an independent inquiry monitored by Supreme Court", said Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala.

The bench lent credence to the statements of four judges - Shrikant Kulkarni, SM Modak, Vijay C Barde and RR Rathi - who were with Loya when he died in Nagpur.

After taking over from Judge Utpat, Judge Loya had also questioned Shah's absence and had ordered for his presence for the next hearing.

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The three-judge bench that included chief justice Dipak Misra held that all litigations concerning circumstances of death of judge Loya is concluded with this judgement.

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The court said that the conduct of the petitioners and the intervenors "scandalised the process of the court and prima facie constitutes criminal contempt".

Shah was discharged by the judge who took over the case after the death of Judge B Loya, having decided there was no case against the BJP president.

"Political rivalries have to be resolved in the great hall of democracy when the electorate votes its representatives in and out of office".

"The Congress Party is trying to spoil the atmosphere under a conspiracy".

The top court, which was critical of the petitioners and their lawyers for casting insinuations against the judicial officers and judges, said an attempt was made to cause prejudice against them and was a "vituperative assault on the judiciary". "Congress should now stop politics of rumour mongering", said Pradhan. "It is a travesty of justice for the resources of the legal system to be consumed by an avalanche of misdirected petitions purportedly filed in the public interest which, upon due scrutiny, are found to promote a personal, business or political agenda". "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.

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