“Unless This Institution Is Preserved … Democracy Will Not Survive”: On the Day of the Loya Hearing, Four Senior Judges of the Supreme Court Speak Out

By ATUL DEV | 12 January 2018
This morning, before they sat down in their respective courtrooms, four of the senior-most judges of the Supreme Court of India met the chief justice, Dipak Misra. “For some time, the administration of the Supreme Court is not in order. There are many things which are less than desirable which have happened in the last few months,” Jasti Chelameswar, the senior-most among the four, later said during a press conference. He sat beside the other three judges—Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur. “We thought we owed a responsibility to the nation. We tried to collectively persuade the chief justice that certain things are not in order and therefore you should take remedial measures,” Chelameswar continued. “Unfortunately, our efforts failed.”

Those Who Want Modi’s Removal on Any Terms Ignore the Fact that He Is A Symptom, Not A Cause

By HARTOSH SINGH BAL | 8 January 2018
More than three years ago, when Modi swept into power, the number of critics was few, and those willing to take a clear public stand even fewer. After the shocking murder of the senior journalist Gauri Lankesh this past September, it was clear from the nature and extent of the ensuing protests that this had changed dramatically. During a protest at the Press Club in Delhi, people were practically fighting for the microphone, wanting to be seen to be protesting.

The Curious Case of Republic TV’s Ratings, and the Official Rating Agency’s Blind Eye To It

By Atul Dev and Nikita Saxena | 6 January 2018
Republic TV launched in the first week of May last year, with an exposé about the relationship between the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and the gangster turned politician Mohammad Shahabuddin. The channel aired an audio clip of a telephone conversation that allegedly took place between the two while Shahabuddin was in jail. Yadav apparently took instructions from Shahabuddin on how the police should act in cases of violence in Siwan, from where Shahabuddin was elected to parliament four times.

जज लोया की मौत: प्रतिष्ठित वकील का आरोप, रवि भवन के उपस्थिति रजिस्टछर के साथ की गई छेड़छाड़ जिसमें जज के प्रवास संबंधी विवरण दर्ज था

By Atul Dev | 29 December 2017
वकील मिलिंद पखाले ने पुलिस में एक शिकायत दर्ज करायी है कि नागपुर के सरकारी अतिथि गृह रवि भवन के रजिस्‍टर में उन्‍होंने जो प्रविष्टि की थी, उससे छेड़छाड़ की गई है। पखले एक प्रतिष्ठित शख्‍स हैं और महाराष्‍ट्र के खैरलांजी में 2006 में हुए दलितों के नरसंहार के बाद गठित खैरलांजी ऐक्‍शन कमेटी के संयोजक हैं। जज बृजगोपाल हरकिशन लोया, जिनकी मौत 30 नवंबर और 1 दिसंबर 2014 की दरमियानी रात नागपुर के दौरे पर अचानक हुई थी, वे आखिरी रात को कथित रूप से रवि भवन में ही ठहरे हुए थे। रजिस्‍टर में पखाले की प्रविष्टि लोया के ठहरने से जुड़ी दो प्रविष्टियों के ठीक पहले दर्ज है।

जज लोया की मौत: रिकॉर्ड में संभावित हेरफेर और ताज़ा बयानों में विसंगतियों से उठते गंभीर सवाल

By Atul Dev and Anosh Malekar | 27 December 2017
जज बृजगोपाल हरकिशन लोया- जिन्‍होंने सोहराबुद्दीन शेख मामले की सुनवाई की थी जिसमें मुख्‍य आरोपी भारतीय जनता पार्टी के अध्‍यक्ष अमित शाह थे- के परिवार के सदस्‍यों ने 2014 में नागपुर यात्रा के दौरान कथित रूप से अचानक उन्‍हें दिल का दौरा पड़ने से हुई उनकी मौत को लेकर तमाम सवाल उठाए हैं। द कारवां ने पिछले महीने इन्‍हीं सवालों पर अपनी पहली रिपोर्ट प्रकाशित करने से लेकर अब तक लगातार जारी अपनी पड़ताल में लोया की जिंदगी की आखिरी रात की परिस्थितियों से जुड़ी अब तक सार्वजनिक की गई सूचना में संभावित गड़बड़ी और छेड़छाड़ पाए जाने के संकेतों को उजागर किया है। इनमें उस सरकारी अतिथि गृह का उपस्थिति रजिस्‍टर शामिल है जहां वे रुके हुए थे और उस दांडे अस्‍पताल में तैयार की गई ईसीजी रिपोर्ट भी शामिल है जहां तबियत खराब होने पर उन्‍हें कथित तौर पर सबसे पहले ले जाया गया था।

Death of Judge Loya: Occupancy register with details of judge’s stay at Ravi Bhavan manipulated, prominent lawyer alleges

By ATUL DEV | 23 December 2017
The lawyer Milind Pakhale has filed a police complaint stating that an entry he made in the occupancy register at Ravi Bhavan, a government-run VIP guest house in Nagpur, has been manipulated. Pakhale is a prominent public figure, and is the convener of the Khairlanji Action Committee, formed after the 2006 massacre of Dalits in Khairlanji, Maharashtra. The judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, who died suddenly on the night intervening between 30 November and 1 December 2014 while on a visit to Nagpur, is reported to have been staying at Ravi Bhavan on his final night. Pakhale’s entry in the occupancy register appears just before two other entries that relate directly to Loya’s stay.

Death of Judge Loya: Possible manipulation of records and inconsistent new testimonies raise further questions

By Atul Dev and Anosh Malekar | 21 December 2017
Family members of the judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya—who presided over the trial in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case, where the main person accused was the Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah—have raised numerous questions over his sudden death, purportedly of a heart attack, while on a visit to Nagpur in 2014. Since The Caravan first published these questions last month, our investigations have uncovered signs of possible manipulation in every record made public so far with information on the circumstances of Loya’s final night. These include the occupancy register at the government guest house where he stayed, and an ECG chart purportedly generated at Dande Hospital, the first medical facility he was reportedly taken to after feeling unwell.
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