WATCH: Suraj Lolage, first petitioner in the case of death of CBI Judge Loya, fears for his life
As Supreme Court hearing in the case of late CBI Judge BM Loya continues, the first petitioner to approach a court Suraj Lolage says “If I have to die I will but before that, I’ll speak the truth”
Nagpur-based RTI activist Suraj Lolage, who is the first petitioner to approach a court in the case of suspicious death of CBI Judge BH Loya, says his life is under grave danger. His writ petition filed at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on November 17, 2017, has now been transferred to the Supreme Court, which is continuing hearing on all petitions in the Judge Loya case on Friday. Lolage was the first to raise questions over an alleged cover-up-attempt pertaining to Justice Loya’s suspicious death.
Speaking to National Herald, Lolage said that he fears for the life and security of his family members also.
“If I have to die, I will die but before that I will speak the truth. People died (killed) even when they had not uttered a single word. It is better to speak and die rather than dying without speaking,” he said.
Listen to Lolage’s conversation with National Herald:
He said people in Nagpur would silence every voice that raises question about Loya’s death. When NH asked him which people in Nagpur, he said everyone knows whose headquarters is in Nagpur.
“I received several threatening calls over the phone,” he complained, while adding that his lawyer-activist friend Satish Uike is also not safe. Uike received threats in the past and on June 8, 2016, iron material weighing 5,000 kilos fell on his office roof. Uike’s life was saved by a whisker, says Lolage, adding that Uike had stepped out of the office just minutes earlier. After the incident, a complaint was filed by Uike at Nagpur but no FIR or investigation has been conducted so far. Since then Uike has gone in to hiding.
As per the Congress party press conference in Delhi on January 31, Satish Uike is the activist-lawyer who meditated a meeting between late Justice Loya, advocate Shrikant Khandalkar and retired District Judge Prakash Thombre in October, 2014.
At the same press conference, it was alleged that while Khandalkar died in mysterious circumstances—his body was found two days after he allegedly fell from the 8th floor of the Nagpur District Court in November 2015—retired District judge Prakash Thombre died in a moving train in May 2016.
- Supreme Court
- RTI activist
- Justice Loya
- Judge Prakash Thombre
- Satish Uike
- advocate Shrikant Khandalkar
- Suraj Lolage