A delegation of Opposition MPs, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind on February 9 to petition him for a court-monitored SIT probe into the death of CBI judge Judge B.H. Loya.
After the meeting Mr. Gandhi said that MPs were uneasy over the death of the judge and two others and wanted an independent probe. However, the probe should not be carried out by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The Opposition had been saying that there was a need to know how Justice Loya died as there are “many theories” going around and only a Supreme Court-monitored SIT can “solve the issue”.
Justice Loya, who was hearing the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, had died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014, when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.
The issue came under the spotlight in November 2017 after media reports quoting his sister fuelled suspicion about the circumstances surrounding his death and its link to the Sohrabuddin case.