Judge Loya’s death: Sister whose statements were used to claim foul play, alleges a media hit-job

Judge Loya, the judge who was presiding over the Sohrabuddin murder trial where BJP President Amit Shah was the main accused, passed away in December 2014.

But three years after the death, in November last year, a magazine named Caravan came out with a sensational story, which insinuated possible foul play behind the death, which was deemed as a natural death. Caravan’s story was later debunked to a large extent by an Indian Express article and an inconsistency, which the IE failed to address, was explored and debunked by us.

Things though refused to mellow down, and the conspiracy theories became so rife that the family of Judge Loya, in a press-conference had to come out and plead to the NGOs, lawyers and politicians to stop harassing them, as the death of Judge Loya, they believed, was natural.

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Things were also taken to the Supreme Court by two petitioners Banduraj Sambhaji Lone and Tehseen Poonawalla, where the matter is now being heard.

Now as per a Times Now report, the would narrative around the ‘mysterious death’ of Judge Loya might start crumbling down:

As per the above video, Anuradha Biyani the sister of Judge Loya, whose statement according to Times Now formed the basis of the allegations of foul play in Judge Loya’s death, has questioned the report published in Caravan magazine.

The sister in a letter to Maharashtra’s state intelligence officer, as per Times Now claims that she has been misquoted by the reporter and was deceived into doubting her brother’s death. She has also claimed that she was the unwitting victim of a ‘hit-job’.

The sister claims that Judge Loya’s dead body reached Gategaon at about 11:30 and all family member, friends, judges were present at the cremation. She claimed that people used to raise suspicion over the death of Judge Loya, but she didn’t and still doesn’t have any suspicion over the death. This suspicion of the people, is what she could have referred to while talking to the Caravan journalist, and that she herself didn’t share the same thoughts.

Times Now also claims that she was unknowingly captured in a video by the Caravan journalist in Dhule, Maharashtra, which raises the question whether she was possibly a victim of a rogue sting operation. The sister also questioned as to why was her statement, which was taken about a year prior to her writing the letter, was only brought out ahead of the Gujarat elections.

So chiefly as per Times Now, four contradictions between the Caravan article and Biyani’s claims have emerged:

Caravan’s claim: Biyani recounted she saw blood on Judge Loya’s collar

Claim in letter: People used to express suspicion, hence reference to the same in the article

Caravan’s claim: Biyani had questions about the events of night of Loya’s death

Claim in letter: I spoke to a reporter about Loya’s death a year ago, the same was misinterpreted

Caravan’s claim: Sister claimed that she demanded a second postmortem

Claim in letter: I knew postmortem was conducted, I didn’t have suspicion about it

Caravan’s claim: Sister Biyani found the state of the body suspicious

Claim in letter: I have no suspicion about Judge Loya’s death

The Times Now’s anchor thus questioned whether the sister’s statements were misinterpreted to suit a narrative and was the Judge Loya case raised to coincide the Gujarat polls for trapping BJP leaders?

It remains to be seen if this expose by Times Now results in the investigating agency taking note, so that the matter is settled once and for all.


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