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Congress raises more questions in judge Loya’s death case, demands SC-monitored SIT probe

The Congress also made a presentation levelling allegations, but it did not provide any documentary evidence to substantiate these.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2018 21:37 IST
Press Trust of India
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Congress leader Kapil Sibal speaks during a press conference regarding late Judge Loya's case, as Salman Khurshid looks on, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

The Congress on Wednesday 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.

Former Navy chief files plea

Former Navy chief Admiral (retd) L Ramdas has filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking an independent inquiry by a panel of retired apex court judges and former police officers into the alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge BH Loya.

The application, filed by Ramdas, has also sought a direction to the Centre to cooperate with the inquiry committee and provide the necessary documents.

He has sought an independent probe, saying the statements made by Loya’s family members “have led to allegations of foul play coming to the surface” regarding the events that had transpired on the night he died.

“It is therefore just and necessary that an independent probe be directed to be made,” the plea said

First Published: Jan 31, 2018 21:37 IST