- Opposition leaders give memo to President, signed by 114 MPs
- 2 petitions in Supreme Court have asked for probe in Judge Loya's death
- He died of heart attack while ruling on murder charges against Amit Shah
"We want a proper investigation done by an independent structure. We feel there is suspicion in all the details, that should be resolved," Rahul Gandhi told reporters after giving a memorandum to the president.
The request has been signed by 114 lawmakers from 15 parties, including the Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress party, Tamil Nadu's DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Aam Aadmi Party and the communist parties. The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, however, hasn't signed it.
Two petitions asking for an investigation into Judge Loya's death are being heard by the Supreme Court. But senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal asserted, "This cannot be decided through public interest."
Mr Sibal said apart from Judge Loya, two men he had reportedly confided in about pressure and threats died mysteriously.
Lawyer Shrikant Khandalkar fell to his death in 2015 from the sixth floor of the district court building, according to the opposition's appeal to the President, and in 2016, district judge Prakash Thombre fell from the top berth inside a train coach and his spine broke.
The Judge Loya case has become an important rallying point for the opposition against the government; the Congress says democracy cannot survive in a nation where lawyers and judges involved in important cases are targeted.
Judge Loya was handling a murder case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was among the accused, when he died of a heart attack in Nagpur in 2014. The judge who replaced him said there was not enough evidence to bring Mr Shah to trial.
The controversy over the death reached the Supreme Court after several members of the judge's family expressed doubts about the death, and triggered an unprecedented rift within the judiciary earlier this this month.