Describing it a \u201cserious\u201d issue, the Supreme Court on Monday transferred to itself two petitions pending before the Bombay High Court relating to the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya in 2014. It also restrained all the high courts in the country from entertaining any petition related to the judge\u2019s death. The Loya case is seen as the trigger for the four senior-most Supreme Court judges \u2014 justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, MB Lokur and Kurian Joseph \u2014 to hold an unprecedented press conference to raise issues of \u201clack of accountability\u201d and the Chief Justices of India assigning important cases to \u201cpreferred\u201d junior judges.\u00a0Loya died in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, after attending a marriage party. He was then presiding over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case where BJP president Amit Shah was named an accused. Shah was discharged by a new judge later in the same month on grounds that there wasn\u2019t enough evidence for a trial. Meanwhile, heated arguments took place during an hour-long hearing when former Supreme Court Bar Association president and senior lawyer Dushyant Dave, who was appearing for the intervenors (Bombay Lawyers\u2019 Association), objected to senior lawyer Harish Salve representing the Maharashtra government in the case, saying he had appeared for Shah before. \u201cIt is conflict of interest,\u201d said Dave. He alleged that \u201cSalve has done enough damage to this court. He has appeared for Shah in this matter. All this is being done to protect him. I have a problem with the way this matter is being dealt by the government\u201d. Salve replied, \u201cWe don\u2019t want any certificate from Dave. I can\u2019t be insulted like this. Please stop naming somebody who is not here. Lets not cast aspersions on someone.\u201d \u201cThe documents being referred to by Maharashtra government are self serving in nature. An RTI from the Police Commissioner states that the judge\u2019s security was withdrawn. If it\u2019s being claimed that the family didn\u2019t want an enquiry, why the family was not called to the hospital when the judge died?,\u201d Dave contended. \u201cAs of now, it is a natural death. Let us not cast aspersions. Lets not prejudge,\u201d justice Chandrachud, one of the three judges in the Bench, told Dave. The Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked for all documents related to the Loya case and said it would look into it \u201cwith utmost seriousness\u201d and \u201cin a fair way\u201d. \u201cLet us have full documents, let our conscience not feel that we didn\u2019t look at some documents. We can\u2019t rest out views on the newspaper reports,\u201d said Chandrachud, who requested the lawyers to assist them. \u201cWe are looking into the death of a judge. Please assist us in a spirit of objectivity in which a lawyer does, so that the truth can be found out. Please don\u2019t pass comments on persons appearing in the matter. A person appears as per his conscience. Each of us don\u2019t hold anyone\u2019s conscience. Let\u2019s not allow this matter to be dragged into who appeared for whom.\u201d The CJI criticised senior counsel Indira Jaising, who kept interfering in the court proceedings and vehemently objected to the Maharashtra government\u2019s request not to share documents relating to the case with anybody other than lawyers involved. The CJI asked her to retract and apologise, which she did. The Maharashtra government told the Bench that a discreet inquiry was conducted to probe the death of Loya and four judicial officials who were with him all through assured them there was no foul play involved and Loya died of cardiac arrest. The next hearing in the case will be held on February 2. Two petitions have called for an investigation into the death of 48-year-old judge Loya after his family raised questions and alleged that there were attempts to bribe him. The judge\u2019s son Anuj Loya, however, said there was no suspicion anymore and his father\u2019s death was being used for politics. The Loya case was first assigned to a bench that the four rebel judges believed was not suitable. On January 16, the bench headed by justice Arun Misra heard the matter directing the state government to share details of the police investigation into the Loya\u2019s death with the petitioners and also passed an order for listing of the case before an \u201cappropriate bench\u201d.