The Maharashtra government on Monday told the Supreme Court that testimony of four judges, who were “eyewitnesses” and were with CBI judge B H Loya “like a shadow” for three days until his death on December 1, 2014, is “unimpeachable”, and that “minor contradictions” of the statements are “irrelevant”. The judges had recorded their statement during a discreet inquiry by Maharashtra intelligence officials into the death of Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
Referring to statements of lower court judges, who had accompanied Loya to Dande Hospital and Meditrina Hospital in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing Maharashtra government, told the court that their statements show Loya was “not left alone”, and that “ECG was conducted” at Dande Hospital.
“The state is satisfied with discreet inquiry. Many other things are happening outside (this court). Press conferences are being held. Everybody is arguing as if it is a murder. But no one (petitioner) had the courage to read the statements of the judges who were at the site. And now it is time this court brings curtains down in the case,” Rohatgi told the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.
“(These) judges were eyewitnesses from the night of November 29 till December 1. These judges were with the deceased till the ambulance le...