Uncle Shrinivas wants probe in Judge Loya death case, says Anuj may be “under pressure”

15 January 2018
Courtesy Mridula Chari/ Scroll
Courtesy Mridula Chari/ Scroll

Shrinivas Loya, the 81-year-old paternal uncle of the special CBI judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, has said that the judge’s son Anuj Loya is “too young” and likely “under pressure,” after the 21-year-old addressed a press conference in Mumbai on Sunday, 14 January. Anuj claimed in the press conference that there was “no doubt in family” that his father had died a natural death.

Shrinivas, speaking to The Caravan magazine late Sunday night, also said he wanted an inquiry into the death of the judge, who purportedly died of a heart attack in Nagpur, in December 2014.

When asked why Anuj, who appeared in the video recordings of the Mumbai press conference to be referring to a written statement on his lap, would have told the press what he did, Shrinivas said: “Now what should I say. Is he adult enough? He’s just crossed 18. There might be pressure [on him.]”

The advocate Ameet Naik, who accompanied Anuj at the press conference, Shrinivas said “himself was saying that the boy is young and there were pressures He added: “If his [Anuj’s earlier] view is to be considered, it was to have an inquiry.”

Shrinivas reiterated that “an inquiry has to be there.” “If you ask me as a citizen, not as a relative. My view as a citizen is the inquiry initiated in the Supreme Court has to proceed. This is my personal view as a citizen,” he said, referring to the petition for a probe into Judge Loya’s death, which is scheduled to be heard before a Supreme Court bench headed by the judge Arun Mishra on January 16.

Anosh Malekar is an award-winning journalist based in Pune, who prefers traveling in rural India and writing about people living on the margins of society. He has worked with publications such as The Week and the Indian Express.

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