A court in Ahmedabad on Saturday committed the chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Dinu Bogha Solanki, BJP MP from Junagadh, in a case related to the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethava. It also directed a copy of the same to be handed over to the defendant. After committing the chargesheet by the CBI court, case papers will be handed over to a judge in the sessions court where the trail against Solanki will start.
In the 6,000-page chargesheet, the CBI, which is investigating the case as per the Gujarat high court order, has charged Dinu Bogha Solanki for hatching a conspiracy to kill RTI activist Amit Jethava under section 120-B read with 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
As per the gist of the chargesheet, the CBI has strongly put its case to bring out the motive for the murder, evidences in the form of call data records (CDR) and a statement by an unidentified witness to press the case against Solanki. The chargesheet filed on December 21 is in continuation to the chargesheet filed by the detection of crime branch (DCB), Ahmedabad, in the case.
“Since the case is very sensitive and the accused is an influential person there is every possibility that if the statement and identity of the witness is disclosed to the accused, the witness may turn hostile under threat. Therefore, in the interest of the witness, the statement is kept and filed in a sealed cover,” the CBI stated.
It should be noted that while filing the chargesheet, it had handed over a sealed envelope to the judge.
The CBI claimed that the CDRs between Dinu Solanki and others on the day of the murder, clearly indicates that Solanki was the conspirator and was constantly informed about the status of the operation to kill the activist.
Amit Jethava was an RTI and environment activist who had filed 61 complaints, RTI applications and a PIL against illegal mining in the Gir forest region. Jethava was shot dead on July 20, 2010. After the alleged killers got a clean chit by the Gujarat police, Jethava’s father approached the Gujarat high court.
The high court while transferring the case to the CBI had said that the probe conducted by the Gujarat police in the case was far from fair, independent, bona fide or prompt. The Gujarat police had arrested six persons, including Shiva Solanki, nephew of the BJP MP, sharpshooter Sailesh Pandya, Bahardursinh Vadher, Sanjay Chauhan, Kantiji Thakor and Panchabhai Desai. Dinu Solanki was arrested on November 5, 2013, in New Delhi by the CBI when he was called to record his statement in connection with the case.
Dinu’s drama in court
While appearing before the court, accused Dinu Solanki alleged that KJ Karpada, police sub-inspector of jail security demanded a bribe of Rs5,000 to not handcuff him. Solanki filed an application before the court to take action against the police officer. Judge HS Khutwad recorded statements of Solanki and accused police officer. “I had not handcuffed him. While entering the court compound and looking at the crowd, I handcuffed him for security reasons. His allegations are far from truth,” Karpada said.