In a Batch of Petitions before the SC, the Petitioners sought an inquiry into the Circumstances of Death of District Judge Brijgopal Harikishan Loya. All the Petitions were essentially based on articles published in Caravan on November 20/21, 2017. The issue was whether the Death of Judge Loya was due to natural causes, or there are circumstances which raise a reasonable suspicion about an unnatural death.
Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave and Prashant Bhushan, none of whom I have respect for and have little proof against, fought hard against Don Salve and [obviously] did not win.
The statements of 4 Judges were called into question by Mr. Dave. Repeatedly, Counsel for the Petitioners and Intervenors attempted to inform the Court they have no personal agenda.
Writing the Judgment, Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud was fantastic as he usually is:
I quote [for forever belief] the words:
“The petition is a veiled attempt to launch a Frontal Attack on the Independence of Judiciary and to dilute the Credibility of Judicial Institutions… There is absolutely no merit in the Writ Petitions… There is no ground for the Court to hold that there was a reasonable suspicion about the cause or circumstances of death which would merit a further inquiry… The conduct of the Petitioners and the Intervenors is, as we have indicated, lacking in bona fides and reveals a misuse of Judicial Process. Dismissed.”
– Hon’ble Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Bandhuraj Sambhaji Lone v. Union of India, [Writ Petition (Civil) No. 20 of 2018].