Retired Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas on January 29 filed an application in the Supreme Court of India to be made a party to the Judge Loya case. He had served as Chief of the Naval Staff in the Indian Navy between 1990 and 1993. Admiral Ramdas has been awarded the Vir Chakra, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal. He was also awarded the Gaurav Puruskar in 1990 by the Maharashtra Government. After his retirement from service, he received the Staines Religious Harmony Award in 2003 for his work in religious and communal harmony. In 2004, he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace.
His application states that he has no personal or private interest in the matter. The application was filed in public interest on the ground that the independence of the Judiciary must be upheld and that all cases of Judges dying unnatural deaths while in office hearing sensitive cases must be investigated. The application seeks the constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court to conduct an investigation into the matter. The application raises several issues based on the Caravan Report. The application raises questions about how Amit Shah was discharged in the case and the sequence of events leading to the death of Judge Loya. His application also raised questions about Judge Loya’s son retracting his statements through the press conference, and alleged that it was due to ‘pressure’.
The full application can be read here.