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Loya case: BJP rebukes Opposition for 'politicising judiciary', Congress says questions unanswered

Loya case: BJP rebukes Opposition for 'politicising judiciary', Congress says questions unanswered

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday demanded an apology from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to the entire nation for his alleged attempt to defame Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and Indian judiciary.

Earlier in the day, the Congress said Loya's death had caused concern among large sections of people as he was trying the Tulsiram Prajapati-Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, in which BJP president Amit Shah was then an accused. "The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him", he said on Twitter.

Judge Loya passed away on December 1, 2014, during the pendency of the politically sensitive Sohrabuddin case. "There is no reason to doubt the consistent statements by judges who accompanied Judge Loya to Nagpur".

"The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has advised the Supreme Court on the restoration of the website".

Another Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "This case was not activated to serve the public interest but to serve the interests of Congress and damage the interests of BJP, our party president Amit Shah in particular".

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that there was absolutely no merit in the petition and Judge Loya had met a natural death.

Senior advocates V. Giri, Dushyant Dave, Prashant Bhushan and Indira Jaising appeared for the petitioners while the Maharashtra government was represented by former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi and former solicitor general Harish Salve. He said, "The real face of Congress Party and Rahul Gandhi has been exposed". This holds true for every case, including the one involving the death of Supreme Court Judge BH Loya in 2014. The Supreme Court verdict has left many questions unanswered.

The court said that the conduct of the petitioners and the intervenors "scandalised the process of the court and prima facie constitutes criminal contempt". He also slammed Congress party by saying that it wanted to create an atmosphere of fear in the country. 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 Supreme Court also condemned the petitioners for referring to cases not related to the Judge Loya case, and said "unfounded aspersions" were cast on high court judges and insinuations were made that one individual was controlling the judiciary.