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Life imprisonment to seven, including a former MP in Amit Jethwa murder case

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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.

IFoS probationers attacked by goons in Gujarat, four injured

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Rajkot: Four Indian Forest Service officers of the 2017 batch, who were returning along with their batchmates from Gir National Park to Ahmedabad during their West India Tour were attacked and gravely injured by roadside goons on Saturday (March 24, 2018).

The incident occured when the probationers had stopped at a BHARAT Petroleum fuel station at Ribda near Rajkot for refuelling.

The probationers were travelling in a Volvo bus and a Toyota Innova vehicle. According to one of the porbationers present, the violent incident was sparked when one of them had moved to the roadside for a smoke.

According to the eyewitness account, an old man made smioking an issue and started arguing with Vipin, one of the IFS probationers, when he was strolling on the road. At this point Vipin immediately left the spot, This has also been captured by a CCTV camera

The CCTV footage shows the officer returning when the goons came from behind and attacked him.

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When the probationer was returning, he was slapped. Another young man, also arrived on the scene also hit him on his forehead with a rod attached with metal rings.

When the probationer was returning, he was slapped. Another young man, also arrived on the scene also hit him on his forehead with a rod attached with metal rings.

There are some news reports indicating that the incident was provoked when a probationer had crossed the road to urinate. The probationers have rejected this and described it as concocted news.

Violence erupts in three BJP ruled states over Padmavat

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New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court of India dismissed a petition by the Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan and pulled them up for sticking to the stand that the screening of Padmavat should be banned, mobs went berserk and resorted to stone pelting and arson in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana on Wednesday.

Several vehicles were torched and even school and public transport vehicles were attacked while the police remained largely unequal to the task when it came to maintaining law and order in the BJP ruled states.

BJP retains Gujarat, captures power in Himachal

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party has defeated the main rival Congress in two States Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh with convincing majority.

The BJP has retained power in Gujarat by winning 99 of the 182 seats and restricting the Congress to 77 seats. The Nationalist Congress Party could manage to open it’s account in Gujarat with just one seat, while the Bharatiya Tribal Party has tagged two and one seat has gone to an independent candidate.

In Gujarat, it being the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP chief Amit Shah, BJP’s prestige was at stake. The Gujarat General election was being viewed as a mandate on 3-year plus rule of Modi at the Centre. Especially this was an acid test for the BJP when it came to gauging people’s mood and response to demonetization and introduction of GST. From the Congress side, Rahul Gandhi, who was elevated as party president during the course of electioneering for the Gujarat and Himachal polls, it was time to prove a point as the phrase goes, nothing succeeds like success. But failure in these elections that were fought bitterly with no holds barred on both sides – the Congress and BJP – will call for more than just introspection within the Congress camp, which has to put it’s house in order for the Assembly elections due next year and also the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

In Gujarat, the Congress has paid a heavy price as it’s leader Rahul Gandhi was busy hobnobbing with rabble rouser Hardik Patel,  who is seen by many as a sectarian and divisive leader heading a movement in Gujarat to demand reservation for his Patel community. Gandhi’s new found love for temples and his declaration that he is a ‘janau dhari’ Shiv Bhakt (sacred thread wearing follower of Lord Shiva) also could not deliver dividends for the Congress that has been battling with the crisis of leadership for  a long time.

In Himachal Pradesh, the ruling Congress, has been defeated by the BJP, which has won 44 of the 68 seats in the Assembly against 21 bagged by the Congress. The Congress parry went to poll in Himachal with the handicap of defending it’s position against the onslaught of corruption charges against Virabhadra Singh, the longest-serving Chief Minister.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has won a seat while Independens have got two seats n Himachal. The victory notwithstanding what has come as a big setback for the BJP in this himalayan state is that it’s chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost the election.