With the Supreme Court dismissing the petition that sought a court-monitored investigation into the death of Judge B.H. Loya, both the Congress and the BJP have launched a tirade against each other over the politically sensitive case.
Deploring the role played by Bhushan in the case, justice DY Chandrachud, who authored the judgment on behalf of the three-judge bench, said, "Prashant Bhushan adopted a dual mantle and went to the length of personally collecting evidence to bolster the case".
In November a year ago, Caravan magazine published a report in which Loya's relatives were quoted as alleging that Loya was under "immense pressure to give a favourable verdict in the case", raising questions about the circumstances of his death.
"There is no merit in the petitions and there is no reason to doubt the statements of (then) sitting (Bombay High Court) judges".
He said the Congress reiterates its demand for an independent and fair probe into Loya's death as the issue of criminality or lack of it can only be decided through an investigation.
Former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi criticised the petitioners and said they mainly wanted to attack "senior functionaries of the current government".
In a scathing verdict, bench headed by CJI raps petitioners and lawyers for attempting to "scandalise" the judiciary.
"For sometime, a few people were trying to politicise the judiciary".
The court said that the conduct of the petitioners and the intervenors "scandalised the process of the court and prima facie constitutes criminal contempt".
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As per the official records, Justice Loya died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur in 2014, a day after he attended wedding and reception of his colleague's daughter.
However, senior BJP leaders hailed the SC verdict and said the Congress was exposed once again.
"Rahul Gandhi should apologise". "Hackeado por HighTech Brazil HackTeam (hacked by HighTech Brazil team)", read the message on the screenshot of the Supreme Court website shared by many on Twitter and WhatsApp. "And we will follow journalistically the qns [questions] that continue to puzzle the circumstances of Judge Loya's death", he said.
Earlier, Maharashtra's Journalist B.N. Lone and Tehseen Poonawalla filed a petition in Supreme Court to initiate an independent probe in this matter.
"References are made to larger benches when there are differences of view".
However, Loyas son had on January 14 said in Mumbai that his father had died of natural causes.
Spokespersons Sambit Patra and Gaurav Bhatia addressed one of them, held immediately after the verdict was announced.