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A CBI magisterial court on Thursday sent BJP MP from Junagadh, Dinesh Solanki alias Dinu Bogha, to CBI custody till November 11 in connection with the 2010 murder case of RTI activist Amit Jethava.
Solanki, who was arrested in New Delhi on November 5, was brought on transit warrant before he was produced in the court in the afternoon.
Seeking Solanki's custody for 14 days, CBI counsel Kumar Rajat argued that the accused was allegedly involved in hatching a conspiracy to eliminate Jethava. He said that during the investigation it had been revealed that Solanki was in constant touch with Bahadursinh Wader, a police constable and one of the six accused chargesheeted by the Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch, over phone.
"Our investigating officer has found that Solanki used several phones and SIM cards which reveal that he was in constant touch with Bahadursinh, who is the main accused chargesheeted by the local police. We need to recover those cellphones and SIM cards, therefore Solanki's custodial interrogation is required," Rajat told the court.
The CBI counsel claimed that Solanki masterminded the murder, while adding that apart from call records, the agency also had several statements of witnesses pointing at the role of Solanki in the murder.
"There is a strong motive behind eliminating Jethava. He was continuously filing RTI application against illegal mining in Junagadh, which is the constituency of the accused (Solanki). These applications threatened to expose the accused. Besides, Jethava also filed petition in the Gujarat High Court against Solanki for illegal mining the in the land owned by the accused," Rajat told the court.
He further argued that Jethava was working to expose Solanki regarding his passport and several arm licences which the MP had allegedly acquired illegally.
Representing Solanki in the case, senior lawyers Nirupam Nanavaty and Mitesh Amin countered CBI's allegations while saying that for nearly a year after it lodged a fresh FIR as per the order of the HC, the central agency did nothing in the case. Nanavaty argued that in October Solanki moved a special leave petition before the Supreme Court, which is still pending.