"We are of the view that a non-political person should be elected as the President of India. The President's office should be occupied by a person of eminence and dignity who holds highest ethical values and integrity and one who has rendered selfless service to the nation," the statement issued by the group said.
The signatories included Snehlata Deshmukh, former Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai; M N Singh, former Police Commissioner of Mumbai; Niranjan Hiranandani, President-elect, Indian Merchants' Chamber; Dr Farooq Udwadia, Chief Physician, Breach Candy Hospital; Farzana Behram Contractor, Editor-publisher, and Nanik Rupani, Chairman of Priyadarshni Academy.
"We consider Dr Goyal as the most suitable person for the post of President. He is recipient of Padma Vibhushan in 2005. He is former Sherrif of Mumbai and former Chairman of renowned Haffkine's Institute", the statement said.
The President's election is due in July.