New Delhi: Hours after four top judges of the Supreme Court of India set the alarm bell ringing over what they claimed "all is not well with Indian judiciary", Rahul Gandhi came in their support saying they have raised extremely important issues.
"The points that have been raised by the 4 judges are extremely important. They mentioned that there is a threat to democracy. It needs to be looked into carefully.
"This type of thing has never happened before. It is unprecedented. All citizens who love the idea of justice, who believe in the Supreme Court are looking at this issue and it is important that it is addressed", Congress President Rahul Gandhi who was flanked by other party leaders said while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.
"They've made a point about Judge Loya's case. It needs to be investigated properly. It needs to be looked at from the highest levels of the Supreme Court", he added.
In a separate press statement released later the Congress said, "In the PIL concerning the death of Judge Loya, we believe that the matter must be entrusted to the senior most Judges of the Supreme Court who should ensure that under their supervision there is a thorough and impartial investigation of the case by an independent SIT."
AICC Press Release: INC Statement on the 4 SC Judges Press Conference on the functioning of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/txekcEupkL— Congress (@INCIndia) January 12, 2018
Congress press conference came after four senior Supreme Court judges in an open letter addressed to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said "democracy is at stake" and "there is serious problem in the functioning of the country's top court".
Constitution of a SC bench to hear the PIL seeking probe into Justice Loya's death also figured in the list the Judges' pointed transparency was not maintained.
Justice Loya had mysteriously died in 2014 while a case pertaining to the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh was pending in the CBI court in which BJP president Amit Shah was an accused.
Caravan magazine in its report had claimed that Justice Loya’s sister and father had said that the Justice was offered a bribe of Rs 100 crore and a flat in Mumbai to pass a favourable judgment in Sohrabuddin encounter killing case. The judge had also confided to his family that he would rather retire or take a transfer than to take the bribe.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear the case pertaining to Justice Loya's death on January 15. Earlier, today the apex court had asked the Maharashtra government to submit the postmortem report of Justice Loya.
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