Amit Shah Case: 114 MPs Demand Probe into Judge Loya’s Death

Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses the media after meeting the President to demand an investigation into Judge Loya's death.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses the media after meeting the President to demand an investigation into Judge Loya’s death.

It is largely believed that the Modi government has influenced the investigation to get Amit Shah off the hook.

By Rakesh Raman

A 15-party opposition delegation led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi submitted a letter today to the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, seeking an investigation into judge Loya’s death.

The letter signed by 114 MPs from 15 political parties demands the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) judge B.H. Loya who had died in mysterious circumstances.

Earlier, an Indian publication named The Caravan had published a series of reports about the death of a judge Loya who was investigating a criminal case in which Amit Shah – president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – was a prime accused.

Reported by journalist Niranjan Takle, the reports suggest that judge Loya had died in mysterious conditions three years ago, although his death was shown as a simple case of heart attack.

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As a CBI judge in a special court of Mumbai, Loya was hearing a controversial case of the alleged ‘fake encounter’ killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in 2005.

In this case, the prime accused Amit Shah was Gujarat’s home minister at the time of Sohrabuddin’s killing. It was alleged that Sohrabuddin was killed at the behest of Amit Shah who was the home minister when Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister.

It is largely believed that the Modi government has influenced the investigation to get Amit Shah off the hook. Since Modi regime has an invisible control over the judiciary and investigative agencies, the opposition leaders today sought President’s help to get an impartial probe in the case.

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But it is likely that the President will stay away from the issue, because he has been handpicked by Modi and his party BJP. The President mostly acts as a mouthpiece of Modi and BJP although he is supposed to be the President of the country and not the executive of a particular political party.

“We met the President over Judge Loya’s death. Many MPs are of the opinion that there should be an investigation over Judge Loya’s death,” Rahul Gandhi said. “His death is suspicious and there have been 2 other suspicious deaths. President gave a positive response.”

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

Photo courtesy: Congress

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