Informal enquiries into Sohrabuddin trial CBI Judge Loya's suspicious death begin: Report

The police in Nagpur have reportedly started the informal inquiries into the death after The Caravan story broke.

Published: 26th November 2017 05:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2017 08:43 PM   |  A+A-

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By Online Desk

With the mystery around the suspicious death of special CBI judge in Sohrabuddin trial, Justice BH Loya deepening, English news channel NDTV in an exclusive report has attempted to bring out the details about the night of the incident in 2015.

The family of Justice Brijgopal Harkishan Loya who remained silent for three years since his tragic death in December 2014 finally spoke to The Caravan which brought forth some shocking revelations raising a lens of suspicion.

Delhi High Court Justice A P Shah earlier this week called for an investigation into the suspicious death of Justice Loya saying he was one of the most respected judicial voices in the country.
The Channel visited the ancestral home of B H Loya in Maharashtra's Gategaon village where the close family members of the late judge had travelled to Pune to attend his daughter's wedding.
However, Srinivas Loya, Justice Loya's paternal uncle spoke to the channel stating that he was under a lot of pressure and was going to resign as he had already put up the application to get transferred.
The police in Nagpur have reportedly started the informal inquiries into the death after The Caravan story broke, according to the NDTV report. The channel also went on to meet some of the 'witnesses' to the final hours of Justice Loya, many of whom have challenged the questions which are raised by the Loya family.

Why was Justice Loya taken to a hospital in an autorickshaw from Ravi Bhavan, the government guesthouse where he was staying?
The staff who were present at the time requesting anonymity have told the channel that there are no designated drivers in the guesthouse, and Justice Loya did not have a car assigned for his trip.

Why was the special CBI judge taken to a local hospital-Dr Dande Hospital, allegedly an ill-equipped one with a defunct ECG machine?
Dr PG Pande, the hospital owner who was also much closer to the guesthouse reportedly said that the Justice Loya was 'very much alive' when he was brought in. "He climbed the small flight of stairs himself and complained of excruciating pain in his chest, Dr Dande said. He further said that the available ECG was functional which showed a tall T spike indicating a severe stroke, because of which he was immediately referred to a heart specialty hospital, Meditrina. The channel was shown the ECG report by Nagpur police.
Who ordered postmortem on Justice Loya?  
Justice Loya's uncle told the channel that they were just informed that the postmortem had been conducted. The body was then put into a box and sent to Latur. In Nagpur, the channel met the 'relative' who signed the postmortem report, Dr Prashant Rathi who said that his uncle in Aurangabad is Justice Loya's cousin. The Government College Hospital dean, which performed the postmortem said that the procedure had been referred by Meditrina Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Why was the brought to Latur unaccompanied?
The joint commissioner of Nagpur police told NDTV that two judiciary officials and a police constable were in the ambulance with the driver on the drive to Latur.

Justice Loya's family had alleged seeing blood on his shirt to which Dr Prashant Rathi, the relative said that he never saw the dead body as it wrapped in a sheet and handed over to him.
Meanwhile, Dr P G Dande mentioned that it was possible that the stains were from the post-mortem, and could have occurred when the body was being brought to Latur, which is a ten-and-a-half-hour drive from Nagpur. Some medical experts have challenged this, stating that postmortems don't lead to blood leakage.

Who is Ishwar Baheti, the RSS man who was coordinating the whole time with the Loya family?
Anuradha Biyani, Justice Loya's sister had pointed out in The Caravan article that no one knew who Ishwar Baheti is and how he got to know about the death. However, in Latur friends and relatives including Srinivas Loya, Justice Loya's uncle, have said that Baheti was a close family friend of the late judge who owns a medical shop and reportedly has links to all political organisations. Baheti could not be reached to get any statements.

The Latur Bar association has demanded a probe into Justice Loya's death, saying that it's the only way to arrive at answers to the number of suspicions surrounding the case.


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