On 23 November 2005, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his spouse Kausar Bi have been travelling by bus from Hyderabad to Sangli in Mahrashtra. When on the way, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) stopped the bus and abducted the pair. A few times later, on 26 November, Sohrabuddin was shot lifeless in what the law enforcement known as an come across, but it was later discovered to be faux by the investigators.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud experienced on March 16 reserved the judgment on the pleas.
The Maharashtra authorities advised the prime court that the petitions that sought an unbiased probe are determined. The judge’s demise, it claimed, was being politicized given that he was linked with a criminal scenario in which a human being heading a political party was discharged.
The assignment of the scenario was a single of the difficulties that activated the unprecedented rift in the Supreme Court docket previously this year. The scenario was reassigned soon after 4 of the most senior judges publicly alleged that instances with “far-achieving consequences” have been being assigned to junior judges.
The Maharashtra authorities also contended that the assertion of the 4 judges who have been with judge Loya in his final hrs have been “unimpeacheable”. Judges J Kulkarni, J Barde, J Modak and JRR Rathi experienced given statements experienced given statements that claimed the demise of Judge Loya was “natural and unfortunate”, the state claimed.
The petitioners pointed out that the judge was a teetotaller and led an energetic life, actively playing tennis each individual day for two hrs. He or his family members experienced no heritage of coronary heart conditions, the court was even further advised.
4 senior-most apex court judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — at their January 12 press meeting experienced questioned the fashion in which delicate instances have been being allotted and Loya’s scenario was a single of them.