Jethava murder: Solanki sent to 14-day judicial custody

A CBI magisterial court on Monday sent Junagadh BJP MP Dinu Solanki to 14-day judicial custody in Sabarmati Central Jail in connection with RTI activist Amit Jethava murder case. The move came after CBI produced the tainted parliamentarian before the court and didn't ask for further remand.

Solanki had been arrested by the CBI on November 5 in New Delhi and was under CBI custody since November 7. The central investigating agency had accused Solanki of allegedly masterminding the Jethava murder in 2010 and hatching a conspiracy. The CBI had claimed that Solanki played a key role in eliminating Jethava as the latter had been seeking information under RTI, which allegedly exposed the BJP leader's alleged involvement in illegal mining cases, among others.

The CBI had sought 14 days remand of Solanki, stating that the accused MP was in touch with Bahadursinh Wadher, one of the six accused who were chargesheeted by Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch. The agency had claimed in the remand application that Solanki's custody was needed to recover several cellphones and SIM cards which were reportedly used by the accused.

During the court proceedings, CBI lawyer L D Tiwari, without informing the defence lawyers about CBI's move, submitted the application to the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate H S Khutwad to send Solanki to judicial custody. This irked defence lawyer Mitesh Amin, who criticised the CBI that despite being the prosecuting agency, it didn't bother to inform the defence about its next move.

Solanki was produced before the court at 2:30 pm, but his dozens of supporters, who had come all the way from Junagadh, had started gathering at the court premises since morning. By the time Solanki arrived with a team of CBI, his supporters had crowded the court. The supporters remained silent and let the court proceedings go peacefully. "Since the case is sub judice, we can't say much about it. However, we can't deny foul play in the case," said Pravinsinh Zala, BJP president of Kodinar Taluka in Junagadh, who had come to meet Solanki.

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