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Judge Loya's death: Opposition to petition President Ram Nath Kovind to intervene in case

Despite the Supreme Court hearing petitions on the circumstances surrounding CBI special judge BH Loya's death, Opposition parties have decided to ask for President Ram Nath Kovind's intervention in the matter, said media outlets.

A three-page letter has been prepared and several Opposition leaders and Members of Parliament from both Houses have already signed it, reported The Indian Express. The Congress party is reportedly at the forefront of the move. The leaders will meet the President regarding the matter by the end of this week.

The report also said that the letter spoke of the need for an independent probe. It explains the case in detail and mentions the new "revelations" related to the case.

The Hindu reports the number of signatories of the petition at over 100. It also quoted a senior Opposition leader as saying, "The government is eager to brush the incident under the carpet. The president of the republic is the highest authority, so we decided to knock at his door."

The Congress had earlier demanded a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe into Judge Loya's death, saying there seemed to be a "cover-up" and "some serious questions were unanswered".

Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Kapil Sibal had said the party was putting out some hitherto unknown "facts" in the public domain, including that Judge Loya, who was holding the trial into the alleged staged shootout death of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and two others, had told a lawyer-activist in a video conversation about "a draft order" which he was being "pressurised to sign".

File image of late judge BH Loya. Image courtesy: Facebook/Mohamed Riyas DYFI

File image of late judge BH Loya. Image courtesy: Facebook/Mohamed Riyas DYFI

BJP president Amit Shah was an accused in the case but was later acquitted.

"This is happening in India. If the lawyer community, which stands to defend people's rights, if that is targeted, where judges who are adjudicating on serious issues, if they are targeted, how will be democracy be saved. This issue of democracy being in danger was also raised by the four judges of the Supreme Court," Sibal had added.

"When journalists are facing danger, lawyers are facing danger, judges are facing danger, there is a danger to democracy," Sibal had said, demanding the whole matter should be referred to an independent SIT which should not have any Central Bureau of Investigation or National Investigation Agency officer.

He had said the party would protest in every village if an independent probe was not ordered. "Injustice is being done, something is being shown, some people are being protected... This has never happened in the history of India," he had said.

The petitioners in the case have also urged the Supreme Court to order an independent in the case citing contradictions in the report submitted by the Maharashtra government and discrepancies in the statements of judicial officers who were present on the spot.

Telling the court that Judge Loya's death was too serious a matter to be ignored, senior counsel Dushyant Dave had described as "self-serving" the report submitted by the Maharashtra government.

"All these are self-serving documents. All these people should be interrogated during further investigation" of the Loya case," he had said, asking the court to call Loya's father, sister and other family members in their chamber and if they say "they don't (want an) investigation, then close the case".

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Feb 07, 2018 11:24 AM | Updated Date: Feb 07, 2018 11:24 AM

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