Mumbai: Three years after his death, the family of a judge, who was hearing the sensational Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused, has spoken about the suspicious nature in which he died.
Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, the judge presiding over the Special Central Bureau of Investigation Court in Mumbai, was said to have died of heart attack in 2014, while he had gone to attend a wedding in Nagpur. However, in an exclusive report in The Caravan, the family has pointed out some serious anomalies in the death and the manner in which the news was conveyed to them.
Quoting family members, The Caravan report said they were informed about the death by RSS worker Ishwar Baheti. It was not known how the RSS worker came to know about the death and why he got involved.
Baheti also reportedly got the body moved to his native village, and then sent to Loya's family on an ambulance. Even the judge's phone was returned to the family by Baheti, a few days after the death, it was said.
The judge's family also told The Caravan that there was blood on the body and his clothes looked ruffled. However, contrasting details were found on the post-mortem report that did not mention the blood-strewn clothes and concluded that the judge died of heart attack.
Additionally, the post-mortem report was signed by a certain paternal cousin of the judge. However, Loya's father said there was no such person, The Caravan reported. The judge at the time of his death was presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case alone.
Sohrabuddin killing case
Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi were allegedly abducted by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Hyderabad when they were on their way to Sangli in Maharashtra. Sheikh was killed in an alleged fake encounter near Gandhinagar in November 2005, after which his wife disappeared and was believed to have been done to death. The Sohrabuddin killing case was transferred to Mumbai in September 2012 on the request of CBI for a 'fair trial.'
Amit Shah, who was then the home minister of Gujarat and was accused of orchestrating the killing, was cleared of all charges by a court in 2015.