Maha govt open to Loya case probe based on 'evidence'

Maha Home Minister Anil Deshmukh seeks probe report on Koregaon Bhima case

malik_deshmukh NCP Mumbai President Nawab Malik, Maharashtra Home Minister Arun Deshmukh | Facebook

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday said would consider investigation into the alleged suspicious death of special CBI judge B H Loya in 2014 if it gets any complaint with substantial evidence.

Loya, who was hearing the high-profile Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case of Gujarat, had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.

NCP spokesperson and state minister Nawab Malik spoke about the Loya death case which had reached the Supreme Court after a party meeting in Mumbai, which was presided over by NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
If the complaint contains some substance, then only investigation will be done. There will be no inquiry in the matter without any reason, Malik said.

He also said that after the Sena-Congress-NCP government was formed in Maharashtra last year, Pawar was asked whether there will be any probe into the alleged suspicious death of Loya.
Pawar had made it very clear that investigation into the case of judge Loya was possible. The state home minister had also indicated so, he said.

The Supreme Court had held that Loya had died of "natural causes" on December 1, 2014, and had rejected PILs seeking an SIT probe into the death, questioning their motive.

Maha home minister seeks probe report on Koregaon Bhima case

Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday said he had demanded a detailed report on the Koregaon Bhima case including its current status.

In a swipe at the erstwhile BJP government, the newly-appointed home minister said that labelling people “urban naxals” for holding a different view is a wrong practice.
The term “urban naxal” was used by the Pune Police probing the alleged links between the Elgar Parishad conclave of December 31, 2017 and the caste clashes around Koregaon Bhima in Pune district the next day.

While some rights activists were arrested in the case by the Pune city police, their rural counterparts had booked Hindutva leaders Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide for allegedly inciting violence.

Responding to a query on a woman holding a 'Free Kashmir' poster at a protest held at the Gateway of India in Mumbai recently, Deshmukh said police are checking her antecedents. The placard had raised many eyebrows.