SC plea filed only to kill our pe­ti­tion in HC: Lawyers

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Bom­bay Lawyers’ As­so­ci­a­tion ( BLA) on Satur­day al­leged that it has faced prob­lems in com­plet­ing the pro­ce­dure for fil­ing a PIL in the Bom­bay high court, seek­ing a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion probe into CBI judge Bri­j­gopal Hark­is­han Loya’s death. It also al­leged that the pe­ti­tion seek­ing a probe into Judge Loya’s death in the SC was filed only to kill their pe­ti­tion in the high court. This claim comes close on the heels of four se­nior Supreme Court judges go­ing pub­lic with their griev­ance against the CJI for the se­lec­tive as­sign­ment of cases to se­lec­tive benches on Fri­day.

“We filed the pe­ti­tion on Jan­uary 4, and it gen­er­ally takes two days to get it num­bered, which means the pe­ti­tion has been for­mally filed. But our pe­ti­tion was num­bered on Jan­uary 12. Why did it take eight days to com­plete for­mal­i­ties of this pe­ti­tion, which is deal­ing with the sen­si­tive sub­ject of a judge’s death?” said ad­vo­cate Ahmed Abdi, pres­i­dent of BLA. He al­leged that the pe­ti­tion was num­bered only af­ter BLA mem­bers con­stantly fol­lowed up on its sta­tus.

“The pe­ti­tion in the SC was filed af­ter news was pub­lished that we have filed a PIL in the high court. Our pe­ti­tion was kept pend­ing in pro­ce­dures, and in the mean­time, the apex court heard and even is­sued di­rec­tions seek­ing all the records in con­nec­tion with Judge Loya’s death,” said Abdi.

He al­leged that this all was done to en­sure that if this is­sue is pend­ing in SC, then no other high court would be able to hear it.

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