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SC dismisses petition seeking independent probe into Justice Loya's death
The Supreme Court today dismissed the petition demanding an independent investigation into the death of Justice Loya.

While dismissing the petition, the apex court today said that the application seeking an independent investigation into the death was "bereft of any truth." It also reasserts the fact that Justice Loya died a natural death. Terming it a 'motivated and frivolous PIL', the bench said that the petition was an attempt to malign the judiciary.  

The petition was filed by senior lawyers Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising and Prashant Bhushan. The petition was being heard by a bench led by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud were also a part of the bench. Although the top court did not initiate contempt proceedings, but during the proceedings of the case, the court also said that the conduct of the petitioners amounts to contempt of court. 

"The SC while dismissing the petition seeking independent Investigation into Judge Loya's death, said that "Judges can't lie. Their word must be treated to be the gospel truth. Anyone who questions judges is guilty of contempt"! Judges in their own cause?" Lawyer Prashant Bhushan who is also one of the petitioners wrote on Twitter.  

Justice Loya's death had resurfaced in the news after The Caravan had published a detailed story about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. Justice Loya was hearing Amit Shah's bail plea in the Soharrabuddin fake encounter case. Shah was acquitted by the judge who heard the case after Justice Loya's death.

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