Published On : Thu, May 3rd, 2018

RTI activist moves HC questioning bona fides in fling PIL by Lolge on Judge Loya death case


Nagpur: An RTI activist has moved an intervention application to Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court and also prayed to direct Suraj Lolge, who had filed a PIL demanding high-level investigations into Judge Loya death, to deposit money in the court to show bona fides behind filing of the PIL.

The PIL filed by Lolage had also mentioned the death of Adv Shrikant Khandalkar at District Court premises.
In his application to the High Court, the applicant Mukesh Jaideoprasad Shahu (40), resident of 24, Sonbaji Nagar, Bhandara Road, Nagpur, said that he thoroughly reviewed the PIL filed by Lolage and gathered vital information. Shahu has raised many questions on the bona fides behind filing of the PIL by Lolge.

“Several news reports against Lolge have appeared recently. The reports simply show that Lolge filed the PIL not in the interest of public for other dubious motives. The PIL had also mentioned ‘suspicious’ death of Adv Shrikant Khandalkar at District Court premises in Nagpur on 29.11.2015. The way this issue was written in the PIL filed by Lolge, raises questions over his real motive behind filing of the PIL,” Shahu stated.
“The intentions of Lolge in filing the PIL are suspicious. Notably, several heinous and serious offences have been registered against Lolge.

Reports in this regard have been published in newspapers and also shown on TV channels. Suraj Lolge had been RSS worker and BJP office-bearer. According to an RTI reply, a bribery case has been registered against Lolge at Pratap Nagar Police Station. Suraj Lolge has nothing to do with the ‘suspicious’ death of Adv Khandalkar. He has mentioned this issue in his PIL with vested interest,” Shahu claimed.

Shahu in his intervention application to the High Court has prayed to let him interfere on the issue of Adv Khandalkar’s ‘suspicious’ death as mentioned in the PIL filed by Lolge. Shahu has also prayed the court to direct Lolge to deposit maximum amount of money to show bona fides behind filing the PIL.

The applicant Shahu has also referred a media report in which Congress has accused RSS of orchestrating a “motivated” PIL in the Supreme Court on Judge Loya’s death.

Congress also conceded the Sangh-affiliated petitioner managed to “infiltrate” its January press conference in which the party demanded an investigation into the judge’s death. The Congress alleged the PIL filed by Suraj Lolge at the instance of RSS leader Bhaiyyaji Joshi adding that the Sangh was keen that the matter be heard in the Supreme Court. To buttress its claim, Congress lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha played an audio conversation between Satish Uke’s brother and petitioner Lolage. Lolge had accompanied Uke at the AICC press conference, Shahu stated in his intervention application filed in Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court.