Uddhav Thackeray wants 'in-depth probe' into Justice Loya's death

Uddhav Thackeray wants 'in-depth probe' into Justice Loya's death

"Attempts are being made to make the judiciary deaf and dumb".

The government should not interfere in the functioning of the judiciary, the Sena chief said.

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday called the Supreme Court judges' press conference as "very shocking". "Action can be initiated against the four Supreme Court judges, but it is important to understand why they took such a step", he told media persons here. "Is someone trying to make the judiciary dumb and deaf?" he asked. "This shows the government is keeping control of the judiciary and this is a danger to democracy", he alleged while talking to the media at Ratnagiri.

Mr Thackeray demanded that an inquiry should be conducted in the death of CBI judge Loya who was handling the Soharabuddin encounter case. Let the judiciary do its work", he said, adding, "The judges should be appreciated for what they did.

He said the government should not meddle in the matter.

Further questioning the timing of President Ram Nath Kovind's visit to the city tomorrow, Thackeray sought to know what pressing engagements he had here when the apex court was facing a crisis. The Loya case was one of the triggers for four judges of the Supreme Court to hold a press conference in New Delhi on Friday, a first in the annals of the apex court, and launch an unprecedented attack on SC chief justice Dipak Misra against his assigning of key cases to benches headed by junior SC judges, ignoring senior ones.

"What is so important happening here that the president is coming to Mumbai?" he asked.

The four senior-most SC judges-Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph-had yesterday said that the situation in the top court was "not in order" and many "less than desirable" things have taken place.