Loya death: Oppn meets Prez Kovind, demands SC-monitored SIT probe

Judge Loya death Opposition takes issue to President seeks SIT probe

Judge Loya death Opposition takes issue to President seeks SIT probe

Arguing that there were "suspicions" regarding the death of CBI special judge B H Loya, leaders of opposition parties, led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, on Friday met President Ram Nath Kovind, demanding an independent probe into his death by a special investigation team of officers "selected and monitored" by the Supreme Court.

The memorandum also mentioned that two confidants of Loya - lawyer Shrikant Khandalkar and retired district judge Prakash Thombre - also died under suspicious circumstances.

Rahul Gandhi, who led the opposition charge, said a large number of MPs felt that there is something suspicious in the death of Loya and two more that took place thereafter.

The issue came under the spotlight in November previous year after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.

The memorandum notes that Loya's father and sister have revealed that he was being pressurised by none other than the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court to render a decision in favour of the accused Amit Shah and in return he was offered Rs 100 crore and a flat or land in Mumbai.

Opposition leaders outside Rashtrapati Bhawan
Opposition leaders outside Rashtrapati Bhawan

A Congress Party delegation along with members of opposition parties led by Congress President Rahul. On June 25, he was suddenly transferred, despite a direction by the Supreme Court in 2012 that the judge assigned the case will complete proceedings.

"There should be an SIT (Special Investigation Team) but not of CBI officials". "We don't believe in the CBI or the NIA", he said. Incidentally, they cited how four SC judges who rebelled against the CJI had also expressed a similar sentiment - that democracy was in peril - giving away the political hand behind rebellion in the judiciary.

"Such a procedure will ensure the credibility of the institution in the eyes of the public. We sincerely hope you will use your good offices to serve the cause of justice", they said.

Asked for the reason for approaching the President while the case is pending in the apex court, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said there is no investigation by the court. "These matters can not be decided through a PIL", he said.

"His death is suspicious and there have been 2 other suspicious death", he said.

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