New Delhi: A three-member division bench of the supreme court Thursday took note of the plea seeking an independent probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

The bench comprising chief justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud will hear the plea on Friday.

Maharashtra-based journalist B R Lone has filed the plea seeking urgent hearing on the submission for a probe into Loya’s death on December 1, 2014. The petitioner has submitted that a fair probe was needed into the mysterious death of Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin encounter case in which BJP national president Amit Shah and 22 others including some top cops were named as parties. Loya died of a cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.

Meanwhile, on January 8,  Bombay Lawyers’ Association has also filed a PIL in the Bombay high court seeking probe into the judge’s death

Following the Caravan magazine story, the issue was flared up. In its November issue, the magazine carried a stroy quoting the deceased CBI judge’s sister that Loya died in mysterious circumstances.

Sohrabuddin Shaikh, his wife Kausar Bi and their associate Tulsidas Prajapati were killed in allegedly fake encounter in Gujarat in November 2005. The case was later transferred to CBI and the trial was shifted to Mumbai.