Gavai meets press over Loya controversy

IN Media Watch Briefs | 28/11/2017

In a move that has raised eyebrows, Justice Bhushan Gavai of the Bombay High Court called a press meet in his chambers yesterday to tell court reporters there was 'nothing suspicious' about  the death of Justice Loya in Dec 2014. Justice Gavai was quoted in the Indian Express report, following up on the report in The Caravan. He had been present at the Meditrina hospital where Justice Loya was taken. The Hoot sought a reaction from  Bombay High Court chief Justice Dr Manjula Chellur if she was aware of the press meet and permitted it but she declined to respond. Earlier, her office said that by convention, the CJ does not have interactions with the media. Most of the media whose reporters were present chose not to report the meeting. But NDTV's report is here.                                                          

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