The judge was hearing the Soharabuddin Sheikh encounter case, and had demanded a response from the government of Maharashtra, in relation to the pleas that were seeking to have an independent probe in it. Justice Loya, who was 48 years old, had died in 2014 while attending a wedding in Nagpur.
The other plea filed by the journalist submitted that a fair probe was needed into the mysterious death of Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin encounter case in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named as parties.
As advocate Varinder Kumar Sharma initiated arguments briefly on behalf of the petitioner, Congress sympathiser and relative of Robert Vadra, Tehseen Poonawalla, the court said, "This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte".
The Supreme Court on Friday called the death of CBI Special Court and Additional Sessions Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya a "serious issue" and asked the Maharashtra government to produce all documents related to the case. "If the court goes ahead with the hearing, it may have implications before the high court", Dave said. The counsel contended that they were representing Bombay Lawyers Association which had already filed a similar petition before the Bombay High Court and that is coming up for hearing on January 23.
The plea will be heard tomorrow.
The bench said it will look into the petitions but will also consider the objections raised.
Judge Loya's death has been oft discussed topic on the social media, as people demand a proper inquiry in the case and a balanced justice.
The pleas seeking a probe have followed two reports the Caravan magazine published that quoted immediate members of Loya's family, who questioned the circumstances surrounding his death. Loya had alleged that he was under vast pressure while hearing Sohrabuddin encounter case.