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A resolution has been passed by the Latur Bar Association for seeking the CBI enquiry with court monitoring into the allegations of death of Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Lohya. The inquiry is sought because of the suspicious circumstances of the death. Lohya was special CBI judge who presiding the trial of BJP Amit Shah and other officers of Gujrat Police in the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin.
In the resolution the Latur Bar Association stated that the independent investigation is required in the case of death of Mr. Lohya who was a former member of Latur District Bar Association and was a sitting judge of special court of CBI Mumbai as the death has happened in the suspicious circumstances. It was further stated in the resolution that the incident came into light when it was revealed by a journalist and hence it requires the investigation through the independent bodies of Supreme Court or High Court judge.
Justice A.P. Shah has also presented his concerns in relation to the allegations of the corruption. It was being alleged that Lohya was offered a bribe of Rs 100 crore.
The Caravan Magazine was the first to publish about the incident through the interview of two relatives of Judge Lohya- sister Anuradha Biyani and niece Nupur Balaprasad Biyani. As per the article Judge Lohya went to attend a marriage in Nagpur on 30th November, 2014 and on 1st December, 2014 his family received a news that he has passed away due to severe cardiac arrest.
However, the investigation report pointed out the inconsistency in the cardiac arrest story. There were quite variations in the report regarding the time of death or why the data was cleared from the Lohya’s phone before returning to the family. There was also blood stains on the clothes of Lohya and the person who signed the postmortem report alleged to be the paternal cousin of Lohya whereas the Lohya’s family denied the existence of any such member in their family.
Another article also alleged that the Lohya was also being offered the bribe of Rs 100 crore by Justice Mohit Shah to pass a judgement in favor of Amit Shah.