The CPI-M on Thursday demanded a high-level judicial probe into the death of special CBI judge HP Loya who was hearing the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

The Left party’s demand comes in the wake of media reports of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the judge’s death in 2014.

Loya was hearing the alleged fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in Gujarat in 2005 in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused.

“The family members of Justice Loya have alleged that attempts were made to bribe and intimidate him during the course of the trial. These have raised disturbing questions of murder, bribery, subversion of law and the manipulation of institutions of our parliamentary democracy at the highest level, which must be seriously investigated,” the CPI-M said.

“The CPI-M demands that a high-level judicial enquiry be instituted immediately to look into this whole affair,” it said.

Separately, the Left party also raised its concerns over the “Ordinance raj” unleashed by the BJP government and said the practice of bypassing Parliament in this way was “anti-democratic”.

“The CPI-M registers its strong objection to the increasing recourse to the route of Ordinance raj that this BJP-led central government has been resorting to,” the party said. The government on Thursday promulgated an Ordinance to make changes in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Act.

It said the winter session of Parliament should “normally have been sitting at this time as this has been the practice for over half a century”.