Opposition wants SIT probe in Judge Loya case, 114 MPs submit memorandum to President
Over a hundred legislators submitted a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind Friday, to ask that the death of CBI judge BH Loya be probed by a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Congress President Rahul Gandhi met reporters outside Rashtrapati Bhavan after the meeting, and said as many as 114 MPs from 15 parties had signed the memorandum.
In the four-page document, the MPs explained that "recent revelations" regarding the judge's death required investigation. They also pointed out that "two of Judge Loya's alleged confidants have also subsequently died in suspicious circumstances."
"We feel that there is suspicion in all these three cases," Rahul Gandhi told reporters. "And the country also feels it."
The news agency ANI quoted Gandhi as saying President Kovind had given "a positive response."
114 MPs from 15 parties signed memorandum. His (Judge BH Loya) death is suspicious, there have been 2 other suspicious deaths. President gave positive response: Rahul Gandhi after opposition delegation met President over #JudgeLoya death case pic.twitter.com/ljy3rHJVS2ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2018
'NEITHER CBI NOR NIA SHOULD BE HANDED PROBE'
The MPs explained in their memorandum that they wanted "a thorough investigation through an SIT of independent officers selected and monitored by the Supreme Court."
"Neither the CBI not the NIA, considering their recent track record should be entrusted with the investigation," they wrote.
The Supreme Court is currently hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) that seeks an independent probe into Judge Loya's death.
"Let the law take its own course...let the matter be investigated," Rahul Gandhi said today.
WHO WAS JUDGE LOYA?
Brijgopal Harkishen Loya died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he went to attend the wedding of a colleague's daughter.
At the time of his mysterious death, he was presiding over a special CBI court hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, in which BJP president Amit Shah was one of the accused. Shah was later discharged.
The issue of Loya's death came under the spotlight in November last year, after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his demise - and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.
But in January, Loya's son said his father had died of natural causes.
(Inputs from agencies)