On Monday, the Judges’ Lounge at the Supreme Court witnessed some emotional moments, when 62-year-old Justice Arun Mishra nearly broke down and Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice J Chelameswar, came together to comfort him.
Arun Mishra would hear a petition on Tuesday that would demand an independent investigation into the death of special judge BH Loya. The deceased was hearing the CBI murder case against BJP chief Amit Shah. In December 2014, he breathed his last diagnosed of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur.
In the morning tea meeting, Justice Arun Mishra said he was being “unfairly” pointed out by the four judges, who questioned his “competence” and “integrity”.
Arun Mishra was handed over the petition concerning BH Loya on Friday. That very day Justices Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph went public with their grievances.
Justice Arun Mishra said that even earlier he was assigned tough cases by former Chief Justices TS Thakur and JS Khehar and was overburdened. Chief Justice and Justice Chelameswar came over to support him and clarified that they were trying to raise the issues and were certainly not against him.
On Monday, the hearings at the Supreme Court, were delayed by 10 minutes and began on 10:40 am.
The government’s top lawyer, Attorney General KK Venugopal, later informed the press that “everything has been settled”.
In an interview last year, Anuradha Biyani, Judge Loya’s sister, had questioned his death, asking for an independent inquiry. But many judges who were with Judge Loya during his end moments have negated the family’s claims.
On Sunday, Judge Loya’s son Anuj Loya said that the family is now clear regarding his death. There are no suspicions now. But he added that his father’s death is now being politicized and the family has started feeling “harassed” and “Victimized”.