Further probe into RTI activist Jethva`s murder

The Gujarat HC ordered further probe into the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethva in view of allegations made by his father.

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High court on Wednesday
ordered further probe into the murder of RTI activist Amit
Jethva in view of allegations made by his father.

A division bench of Justices DH Waghela and JC Upadhyay
ordered further investigation following the allegations.

The court also ordered that the probe be supervised by an
IPS officer of the rank of Additional Director General of
Police and the report be submitted by November 28.

Amit`s father Bhikha had filed a petition in the high
court, seeking probe by the CBI or any other independent
agency, in October 2010.

In the petition he had alleged that BJP MP from Junagadh,
Dinu Solanki, was behind the killing, and the city crime
branch was not conducting an impartial probe.

The next hearing in the matter is scheduled for November
29, when the final order in the case is expected to be passed.

Amit was shot dead by two assailants near the Gujarat
High Court on July 20, 2010.

Bhikha has also alleged that he and his son had received
several threats from Solanki.

The petition said Solanki could influence the probe.

Bhikha has also said that he does not trust the city
crime branch, as some of its former members have been
implicated in fake encounter cases, like the Sohrabuddin
Sheikh case.

The crime branch has so far arrested six persons,
including Solanki`s nephew Pratap alias Shiva Solanki, who has
been named as the prime accused, and a constable from
Junagadh, Bahadursinh Vadher.

The other accused are Sanjay Chauhan, Pancha Shiva, Udaji
Thakor and Shailesh Pandya.

However, the crime branch has maintained that there is no
link between the murder and the MP.

According to the charge sheet, Vadher and Shiva conspired
to eliminate Jethva because he was proving to be troublesome
as he was using RTI to get information and file complaints
against illegal mining, which affected the accused`s business.

They hired Pandya to kill Jethva, who shot the activist
from point blank range in front of the high court while he was
coming out of his lawyer`s office. Amit had filed a public
interest litigation only a few days before his murder.

PTI

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