BJP welcomes SC verdict on Loya case

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"Amit Shah was discharged in the case", Jaitley said.

In the strongly-worded blog, Jaitley, who is also a renowned Supreme Court lawyer, called the judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya death case an instance "that nearly created a judicial mutiny". It said the judicial process will be reduced to a "charade" if the courts are burdened with such cases with extraneous reasons.

The late special CBI judge was presiding over the trial in a case related to the killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in an alleged staged shootout in November 2005 near Gandhinagar in which the now BJP chief Amit Shah was an accused.

The court said, "Political rivalries have to be resolved in the great hall of democracy when the electorate votes its representatives in and out of office".

The petitioners had launched a veiled attempt to malign the judiciary and the credibility of judicial institutions was questioned, the bench said and criticised the attempts by senior advocates and activist lawyers Dushyant Dave, Indira Jaising and Prashant Bhushan to make insinuations against judges, including that of the apex court.

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"Courts protect the rule of law". At the same time on January 12, four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court in a press conference hinted at rampant irregularities being practised at the Apex Court. Holding that there was absolutely no merit in the petitions, the bench said, attempts were made to scandalise the judiciary by levelling serious allegations against judicial officers and Judges of the Bombay High Court.

Two lower court judges had travelled with Loya to Nagpur to attend the wedding of colleague's daughter. Loya's death had snowballed into a major political issue and a rallying cry for the Congress-led Opposition.

While Singh did not specifically name Congress or its chief, Prasad was unsparing in his attack on Gandhi and wondered if he wanted to enhance his party's political standing by seeking recourse to the corridors of courts by making them "a political battleground with politically-vested litigations". Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it is unfortunate that the death of a judge is a matter for celebration for the BJP.

He too demanded that Rahul Gandhi should tender an unconditional apology to BJP and the people of the country.

The Congress leader stressed that his party was not among the petitioners seeking a probe into the judge's death and recalled that the Congress had instead approached the "people's court" and approached the President along with 14 other Opposition parties.

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