The Congress today raised more questions over the death of judge B H Loya and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the case.
The Congress today raised more questions over the death of judge BH Loya and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the case. The Congress said the SIT should not have officers from the CBI and the NIA and added that if there is no proper probe into the matter, the party will go to “each village of the country”. Speaking to reporters here, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal alleged that “democracy is in danger” and judges, lawyers and even media personnel were not safe these days. He also questioned why the Bombay High Court did not lodge an FIR following Loya’s death. The Congress also made a presentation levelling allegations, but it did not provide any documentary evidence to substantiate these. Special CBI judge Loya, who was handling the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, died of a heart attack in November 2014 in Nagpur. Later, political parties, including the Congress, alleged that he died in mysterious circumstance and demanded an investigation into it.
Sibal also introduced a lawyer from Nagpur, who he claimed was privy to “pressure” Loya was under due to the high-profile case, and other related developments. The documents relating to Loya’s post mortem were also “manipulated”, Sibal claimed. “We can’t talk about how he (Loya) died… but the circumstances are telling some story,” he said. “Our demand is that this matter must be referred to an independent SIT where there is no CBI officer, where there is no NIA officer. This independent SIT must be chosen, if this investigation is to go on,” Sibal said, adding allegations made by Loya’s sister must also be probed.
Senior party leaders Salman Khurshid was also present at the press conference.