Two retired judges of the higher judiciary—former Supreme Court justice PB Sawant, and former Bombay High Court justice BG Kolse-Patil—have joined a growing chorus of support for an investigation into the death of the judge BH Loya. In separate interviews with The Caravan, the two judges have demanded an independent inquiry into the suspicions raised by Loya’s family. “This matter needs a thorough investigation,” Sawant told The Caravan. “Otherwise, the truth will not come out,” he said.
Kolse-Patil emphasised the necessity for an independent investigation “if the Supreme Court or the high court wants to save the integrity of the judiciary.” “A Supreme Court-monitored commission should be appointed” to probe Loya’s death, he said. “It should have minimal involvement of the government machinery.”