CBI to probe Jethva murder

Slamming the Gujarat Police for its inability to conduct a fair investigation in the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethva, a Division Bench of Gujarat High Court on Tuesday ordered a CBI probe in the case.

In the recent past, this is the sixth criminal case in the state where the probe has been transferred to the CBI either by the High Court or the Supreme Court.

BJP MP from Junagadh Dinu Solanki is a prime suspect in the case. However, the police have given him a clean chit.

Jethva was shot dead outside the High Court building on July 20, 2010 by two unidentified persons, days after he filed a public interest litigation (PIL) against illegal mining in Junagadh.

Jethva had directly held Solanki responsible for the illegal work. Following his PIL, the High Court had made Solanki and his nephew Pratap alias Shiva as respondents to the petition.

The High Court termed the investigation carried out by the police as 'far from fair, independent, bona fide or prompt'.

"The progress of investigation clearly indicated that the investigators were relying more upon the statements of the arrested person than the statements recorded earlier of the relatives and acquaintances of the deceased," the court observed.

The High Court pronounced its judgment while acting on a petition moved by Jethva's father, Bhikha, who alleged that the Gujarat Police had conducted the investigation only to shield Dinu Solanki.

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