NEW DELHI — The Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), headed by noted human rights lawyer Prashant Bhushan, has filed an intervention application in the Supreme citing opinions from top medical experts against the claim that CBI judge BH Loya died of heart attack. The CPIL demanded a court-monitored probe by a “high powered team” into judge Loya’s death.
The application first makes reference to the opinion from Dr. R.K. Sharma, one of India’s foremost forensic experts. After examining Judge Loya’s post-mortem report and related histopathology report, Dr. Sharma had ruled out the possibility of Judge Loya dying due to a heart attack. Going ahead, he had opined that the reports showed signs of trauma to the brain and even possible poisoning. His opinion was published in The Caravan Magazine.
CPIL’s application also cites opinion of Dr Upendra Kaul, one of India’s most reputed cardiologists. It had sent a copy of judge Loya’s ECG report and histopathology report to Dr Kaul and asked some questions. First questions was: Could this person have suffered a serious heart attack, one-two hours before this ECG is taken? Dr Kaul responded in negative saying that “the ECG has no evidence of a recent myocardial infraction”.
The three judge bench of SC, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, has allowed Prashant Bhushan to present his point on March 8.
“Mr. Prashant Bhushan, learned counsel appearing on behalf of the intervenor would submit that he would conclude his arguments within twenty minutes and, in any case, shall not exceed half an hour,” ordered the bench on Monday.