"This change in assignment has been done when Justice Mohite-Dere has already heard the matter at length on a day-to-day basis". Justice Revati had removed the curb on media reporting of the case and pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its slackness. "Judge J.T. Utpat asked Amit Shah to appear, and was removed". The politically sensitive issue was one of the triggers of the unprecedented rift within the nation's top judiciary last month and critics questioned the need to switch judges at this point. Tweeting under the hashtag #HowDidLoyaDie, the Congress said: There seems to be a odd pattern connecting cases involving Amit Shah and judges hearing those cases.
The letter also pointed to the fact that justice Dere had consistently reprimanding CBI's approach in the case as she had been trying to expedite the hearing in light of the ongoing trial in the special CBI court.
The Bombay high court has said that the list of changes in assignments for benches put out on Saturday, that resulted in the appeals in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh fake encounter case being assigned to a new judge, was routine. "He died. #HowDidLoyaDie?" Rahul tweeted today, with a link to a news story on the removal of Justice Revati Mohite-Dere last week. His aide, Tulsiram Prajapati, who is reported to have known the details of the Sohrabuddin encounter, was also killed a year later in another alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat and Rajasthan police.
The judge who replaced Loya, MB Gosavi, later dropped all charges against Shah within two weeks of hearing the petition.
BJP national president Amit Shah, who was the home minister of Gujarat at the time of the alleged encounter, was among 15 persons who were acquitted by the CBI court in Mumbai between August 2016 and September 2017.
Lastly, the Congress president gave example of Justice Brijgopal Loya who died on December 1, 2014 while presiding over the Sohrabuddin case.
Apart from this, Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to twitter and mocked the reassignment exercise, wherein the pleas challenging the discharge of DG Vanzara and other IPS officers were taken away from Justice Mohite-Dere.
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