Judge Loya's death: United Oppn petitions Prez

BH Loya death case Opposition delegation submits memorandum to President

Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Courtesy ANI news

Leaders of the Congress and 14 other opposition parties on Friday sought President Ram Nath Kovind's intervention for a Supreme Court-monitored investigation by an independent agency into the "suspicious" death of Judge B.H. Loya. It was signed by 114 MPs from 15 parties, including the TMC, SP, NCP, DMK, RJD and AAP as well as the Left parties.

"This can not be decided through public interest", senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal told reporters and demanded a Special Investigation Team of officers selected by the Supreme Court.

Opposition leaders outside Rashtrapati Bhawan. "Either you [the Supreme Court] say they are all lying or you dismiss this case today", Rohatgi told the court. Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that Many MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha felt discomfort over it and they also feel that the matter should be probed and a State Investigation Team (SIT) should be formed. Senior CPI leader D Raja said an independent probe is necessary to "restore the faith of the people in our system".

Judge Loya was handling the fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh at the time of this death on December 1, 2014. Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah was an accused in the case but was later discharged.

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Loya's case came into the spotlight in November past year when his family members raised questions about his death claiming that he was under tremendous pressure regarding the Soharabuddin case. "In return, the deceased Judge was offered Rs 100 crore and a flat or land in Mumbai", the memorandum said. It said such statements amount to cognizable offence which requires lodging of an FIR is mandatory as a procedure consistent with the law. "For the High Court to have transferred the judge despite Supreme Court's direction needs explanation".

He said, " A judge died under suspicious circumstances. "A judge died under suspicious circumstances".

The leaders said that if the lives of Judges and lawyers are jeopardised for doing their duty, then democracy is under grave threat. 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.

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