Justice Loya death case: Opposition MPs led by Congress to seek President Ram Nath Kovind’s intervention

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New Delhi | Published: February 7, 2018 11:30:57 AM

Justice Loya death case: The Opposition members of Parliament have decided to approach the President in connection with the controversial Justice Loya death case. As per media reports, the Opposition MPs will submit a three-page petition, signed by over 100 parliamentarians, to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his intervention.

Justice Loya death case: Opposition seeks President's interventionJustice Loya death case: Opposition seeks President’s intervention (Source: IE)

Justice Loya death case: The Opposition members of Parliament have decided to approach the President in connection with the controversial Justice Loya death case. As per media reports, the Opposition MPs will submit a three-page petition, signed by over 100 parliamentarians, to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his intervention for ensuring a fair investigation into the allegedly suspicious death. Judge B.H. Loya died on December 1, 2014, while hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. According to The Indian Express, sources have confirmed that the letter will talk about the suspicions regarding the judge’s death and the need for an independent probe.

The petition has been initiated by the Congress and signed by Opposition leaders of both the Houses. The leaders are likely to meet the President by the end of this week. The Congress on January 31, in a press conference, had claimed that two associates of Special CBI judge Loya, advocate Shrikant Khandalkar and retired district judge Prakash Thombre also died under suspicious circumstances.

Last month, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury had recommended that the Rajya Sabha move an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra. However, the Opposition is yet to decide on this proposal. Earlier, four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court – Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph questioned the Chief Justice of India’s conduct over the allocation of cases to judges.

Meanwhile, Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, who is appearing for the Bombay Lawyers Association, has moved an application for and on behalf of the Association, before the Supreme Court for examining 11 persons in connection with Judge Loya’s death.

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