New Delhi, February 9: A delegation of 114 Opposition Members of Parliament signed a petition demanding a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to be formed to probe the mysterious death of CBI judge BH Loya. The petition was submitted to President Ram Nath Kovind by Congress president Rahul Gandhi who led the delegation of leaders from 13 opposition parties. The Congress chief said that response of president was positive over the memorandum. Also Read - New CAG Report Admits 'Technology Transfer' Shelved in Rafale Offsets: Congress
“To uphold the majesty of the law, we request you to intervene in the matter. What is required is a thorough investigation through a team of independent officers selected and monitored by the Supreme Court,” the memorandum said. the memorandum signed by 114 MPs included, leaders of TMC, NCP, SP, RJD, DMK, Left parties and the AAP. The BSP is not a signatory to the petition. Also Read - Why no Summons For Kangana Ranaut Who Admitted to Taking Drugs: Nagma Questions NCB
“His (Judge Loya) death is suspicious, there have been two other suspicious deaths. President gave a positive response to us,” Rahul told media. Also Read - Delhi Riots: Police Name Salman Khurshid in Chargesheet For Provocative Speech During CAA Protest
The MPs said only a Supreme Court-monitored SIT probe can “solve the issue” and strongly ruled out an investigation by the CBI or the NIA.
“A senior judge died under suspicious circumstances. Many MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha felt discomfort over the fact that a judge died under suspicious circumstances and feel that the matter is probed by the SIT,” Rahul further added.
The move comes on a day when Chief Justice Dipak Misra heard a plea seeking a SIT probe into the circumstances of Judge Loya’s mysterious death that took place in 2014.
Today’s argument was inconclusive and the hearing would continue on Monday, the bench ruled.
Earlier this week, the Apex Court had asked the Maharashtra State government to submit the postmortem report of the CBI judge, citing that the “matter was very serious.”
The matter came under the spotlight after a magazine quoted Judge Loya’s younger sister’s fueled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death.