The following petition initiated by Prasenjit Bose appeals to the Supreme Court to reconsider the verdict in the case regarding Judge Loya’s death. Since the launch of the petition, over 527 persons have already signed it. A list of 40 prominent signatories is provided below. A hard copy of the petition along with the total list of signatories will be sent to the Supreme Court judges once we collect thousand plus signatures. The petition can be signed here.
The Hon’ble Chief Justice
& His Companion Justices,
The Supreme Court of India
Most Respectfully Sheweth:
We the undersigned citizens of India are deeply anguished by the order passed by a three judge bench of the Supreme Court that there is no merit in the writ petitions seeking an Inquiry into the death of Justice Brijgopal Harkishan Loya on December 1, 2014 at Nagpur.
The three judge bench has concluded that the documentary material on the record indicates that the death of Judge Loya was due to natural causes and that there is no ground for reasonable suspicion about the cause or circumstances of death which would merit a further inquiry.
This conclusion is based on the statements made by four judicial officers, Judge Shrikant Kulkarni (Member Secretary, Maharasthra State Legal Service Authority), Judge SM Modak (Principal District Judge, Pune), Judge Vijay C Barde (District Judge, City Civil Court, Mumbai) and Judge RR Rathi (District Judge, Baramati) to the Commissioner of the Maharashtra State Intelligence Department.
We note with grave concern that these four judicial officers were neither asked to submit affidavits before the Supreme Court during the proceedings, nor were any cross examination of their testimonies permitted. While there is no reason to doubt the integrity of judicial officers in general, we do not understand why the judicial officers in this case are being accorded special privilege when they have become witnesses in an investigation into a possible crime.
The word of any witness should be cross-examined and verified following legal procedures, in order to establish its accuracy. The reason for the three judge bench of the Supreme Court to make exceptions in this case, just because the witnesses claiming to accompany Justice Loya at the time of his death are judicial officers, does not appear reasonable and fair.
We believe that the tragic death of Justice Loya and the apprehensions of foul play raised by members of his grief-stricken family have raised very serious questions regarding the independence of the Indian judiciary. Justice should not only be done in this case, but also seen to be done. We are sad to say that the three judge bench verdict does not satisfy people’s conscience.
We appeal to you, as the prime custodians of our Constitution and the rule of law, to reconsider the three judge bench judgement and order a Supreme Court monitored investigation into Judge Loya’s death. We seek the truth beyond reasonable doubt.
|Achin Chakraborty||Director, IDSKfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Albeena Shakil||Faculty Member, JGLUemail@example.com|
|Amit Bhaduri||Professor Emeritus, JNUfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Amiya Bagchi||Former Director, IDSKemail@example.com|
|Anand Teltumbde||Writer and Civil Rights Activistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ayesha Kidwai||Professor, JNUemail@example.com|
|Brij Tankha||Professor (Retd.), Delhi Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Debarshi Das||Faculty Member, IIT, Guwahatiemail@example.com|
|Dhananjay Tripathi||Faculty Member, South Asia Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fauzan Abrar||Faculty Member, JNUemail@example.com|
|Gouranga Dandapat||Theatre Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gouri Chatterjee||Senior Journalist and Authoremail@example.com|
|Indranil Chowdhury||Faculty Member, PGDAV College, DUfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jayati Ghosh||Professor, JNUemail@example.com|
|Kamal Kabra||Professor, Institute of Social Sciencesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kumar Rana||Project Director, Pratichi Instituteemail@example.com|
|Madhu Bhaduri||Former Diplomatfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maidul Islam||Faculty Member, CSSSemail@example.com|
|Nandini Sundar||Professor, DSEfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Naveen Gaur||Faculty Member, Dyal Singh College, DUemail@example.com|
|Nissim Mannathukkaren||Faculty Member, Dalhousie University, Canadafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Paranjoy Guha Thakurta||Senior Journalist and Authoremail@example.com|
|Parimal Maya Sudhakar||Faculty Member, MIT School of Government, Punefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pradeep Esteves||Development Activist, Timbaktu Collectiveemail@example.com|
|Rohit Azad||Faculty Member, JNUfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sanjaya Kumar Bohidar||Faculty Member, SRCC, DUemail@example.com|
|Saumyajit Bhattacharya||Faculty Member, Kirorimal College, DUfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shamsul Islam||Faculty Member (Retd.), Satyavati College, DUemail@example.com|
|Sheetanshu Kumar||Faculty Member, Assam Universityfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shirshendu Mukherjee||Management Consultant, Londonemail@example.com|
|Sougata Kerr||Senior Bank Executive, New Jerseyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Subhanil Chowdhury||Faculty Member, IDSKemail@example.com|
|Sucharita Sen||Professor, JNUfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sudipta Bandyopadhyay||Faculty Member, University of Calcuttaemail@example.com|
|Sumit Sarkar||Faculty Member, XLRI, Jamshedpurfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sunanda Sen||Professor (Retd.), JNUemail@example.com|
|Tripta Wahi||Faculty Member (Retd.), Hindu College, DUfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vijoo Krishnan||Joint Secretary, All India Kisan Sabhaemail@example.com|
|Zoya Hasan||Professor, JNUfirstname.lastname@example.org|