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HC orders further probe into Jethva murder case

Gujarat High Court has ordered a further investigation into the RTI activist Amit Jethva murder case with a specific reference to the allegations made by the victim’s father over the ongoing probe by the Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch.

Gujarat High Court (HC) has ordered a further investigation into the RTI activist Amit Jethva murder case with a specific reference to the allegations made by the victim’s father over the ongoing probe by the Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch (DCB).

The court asked the state government to deploy an Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) rank officer

or a Special Police Commissioner rank officer to supervise the investigation,a report of which has to be submitted before the court by November 28.

A division bench of the HC comprising of Justices DH Waghela and JC Upadhyay passed an order in this regard on Wednesday while acting on a petition by Amit’s father,Bhikha Jethva,demanding a CBI probe in the case. The court has ordered that it would take decision on the demand of the CBI probe into the case after perusal of the report on November 29,when further hearing has been scheduled.

Jethva was killed on July 20,2010,in front of the HC premises on the SG Highway,a few days after he had filed a PIL seeking court’s intervention to check the menace of illegal mining in the periphery of Gir Sanctuary.

In his PIL,Jethva had made direct allegations against Dinu Solanki,BJP MP from Junagadh,holding him responsible for the alleged illegal activities in the periphery of the sanctuary. The HC also ordered to make Solanki one of the respondents to the PIL. Ahmedabad City Police has become the complainant in the case.

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Bhikha’s lawyer Anand Yagnik said,“Not investigating the role of Dinu Solanki in the case is the main grievance. And now,the HC has specifically asked the police to do the investigation while keeping in mind Bhikha’s statement along with some other independent witnesses and submit a report by November 28.”