Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday led a group of 15 opposition lawmakers that met President Ram Nath Kovind to ask for an independent investigation into the death of Judge BH Loya, who was deciding on murder charges against BJP president Amit Shah when he died of a heart attack in 2014, and two of his associates.
“We want a proper investigation done by an independent structure. We feel there is suspicion in all the details, that should be resolved,” Rahul Gandhi told reporters after giving a memorandum to the president.
The request has been signed by 114 lawmakers from 15 parties, including the Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress party, Tamil Nadu’s DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and the communist parties. The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, however, hasn’t signed it.
Two petitions asking for an investigation into Judge Loya’s death are being heard by the Supreme Court. But senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal asserted, “This cannot be decided through public interest.”
Mr Sibal said apart from Judge Loya, two men he had reportedly confided in about pressure and threats died mysteriously.