114 MPs from 15 parties signed a petition to President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) to enquire into the death of CBI judge BH Loya on Friday.
A delegation of leaders led by Rahul Gandhi from 13 opposition parties went to meet the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan and discuss the case with him.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said President Kovind had given a ‘positive response’ over their concerns.
“Many MPs from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha felt discomfort over it and also feel that the matter should be probed and an SIT should be formed,” said Rahul Gandhi while speaking to the media after meeting President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
“114 MPs from 15 parties signed memorandum. His (Judge BH Loya) death is suspicious, there have been 2 other suspicious deaths,” Rahul said.
“A judge died under suspicious circumstances. It will be an ode to him and his family that the investigation takes place properly. We just want to have a proper investigation done by an independent structure that gives us the outcome,” he said.
“The President has given a positive response,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi, however, made a goof-up while briefing the media. He called Judge Loya a High Court judge instead of CBI judge. He was corrected twice by Congress leader Kapil Sibal.
The Supreme Court had asked the Maharashtra government to submit the post-mortem report of the CBI judge.
As per the official records, Justice Loya died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur in 2014, a day after he attended the wedding and reception of his colleague's daughter.
However, his family members had claimed he was murdered as they had seen blood stains on his shirt collar.
At the time of his death, the CBI judge was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case in which BJP president Amit Shah was one of the accused.