The Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Lok Sabha member of parliament Shatrughan Sinha told The Caravan that the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the judge BH Loya “should be raised in Parliament, outside Parliament.” Sinha spoke to The Caravan on 24 November, four days after it published of a series of investigative reports by Niranjan Takle that raised significant questions about the judge’s death. Sinha noted that “the matter appears to be very serious” and that it should be addressed “anywhere and everywhere.” “We are not a banana republic,” he added.
Sinha also expressed concern at the safety and sanctity of the Indian judiciary. “Judiciary means the foremost,” he said. “If something like this happens to it, it seems as if you want a judgment that suits you ... It’s a shame. It’s a blot on society.”
Sinha is the only member so far of the ruling BJP regime to make any public comment on the issue. This is significant since at the time of his death, Loya was presiding over the case of the allegedly fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, in which the BJP national president Amit Shah was a prime accused.