New Delhi: The Special Judge, CBI, City Session’s Court, Bhadra, Ahmedabad(Gujarat) on Thursday 11 July 2019 sentenced Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki, former MP; Bahadursinh Dhiruba Vadher, former Police Constable; Pachanbhai @ Shivabhai Desai; Sanjay Parbatbhai Chouhan; Pratapbhai @ Shivabhai; Udaji and Shailesh Nanalal Pandya, all to undergo Life Imprisonment and fines ranging from Rs.25,000/- to Rs.15 Lakh in a CBI case related to murder of Amit Jethwa, an RTI Activist.
CBI had registered the case on 6 October 2012 on the orders of the Gujarat High Court and taken over the investigation of FIR No.163/2010, earlier registered under Section 302, 114 of IPC and Section 25(1)(b)(a) of Arms Act, 1959 at Police Station Sola, Ahmedabad on the allegations that Amit Jethwa, Environmentalist and RTI Activist was shot dead on 2 July 2010 at Satyamev Complex, Ahmedabad. The father of the deceased was not satisfied with the investigation of the police and he approached High Court of Gujarat alleging that the role of Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki, MP, Junagarh was not looked into by the police. Accordingly, the High Court of Gujarat passed an order on 25 September2012 to transfer the case for further investigation to CBI.
During investigation by CBI, ample evidence had come on record that Amit Jethwa was collecting information about the illegal activities of Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki, and filed a PIL in the Gujarat High Court on 28 June 2010. In this PIL, Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki and his nephew Pratapbhai @ Shivabhai Solanki were impleaded as respondents on 6 July 2010. It was also established that Dinubhai Boghabhai Solanki hatched a conspiracy with other co-accused persons to eliminate Amit Jethwa.
After thorough investigation, a chargesheet was filed against the accused persons in the Court of ACJM(Special Cases), Mirzapur, Ahmedabad on 21 December 2013.
The Trial Court found the accused guilty and convicted them.