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 didnt 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 leaders 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 Solankis 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 CBIs 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 didnt 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 cant say much about it. However,we cant deny foul play in the case, said Pravinsinh Zala,BJP president of Kodinar Taluka in Junagadh,who had come to meet Solanki.
SC pulls up CBI for hoodwinking procedure<\b>
The SC on Monday censured the CBI for hoodwinking the due process while arresting BJP MP from Gujarat Dinu Bogha Solanki in connection with the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethava. A bench,comprising Justices S S Nijjar and F M I Kalifulla,pulled up the CBI for arresting Solanki without first informing the apex court or placing requisite material before it,as per the courts order in March.
The court order had asked the CBI to continue its investigation into the case but said the result of the investigation should be placed before the court in a sealed cover. It seems you are hoodwinking the procedure. You have now arrested him without adducing any material before us or moving the court of competent jurisdiction. Why did you not move the court before arresting him?, the bench asked the CBI counsel.
The CBI counsel replied that Solanki was arrested as some new information had come to light during the CBI questioning. Solanki,Lok Sabha member from Junagadh,was arrested on November 5 after he was questioned at CBI headquarters. A Delhi court on November 6 had granted a two-day transit remand to CBI to take the arrested BJP MP to Ahmedabad in connection with murder of Jethava. But you were asked to inform the court. You place all the material before us by Friday, replied the court.
Solankis counsel,senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi had earlier claimed the lawmaker was arrested after being summoned as a witness even as his petition against the CBI probe was pending in the SC. He is a two time MP and made himself available at every call of the CBI. They,however,arrested him as if he was going to abscond, said Rohatgi. The court said it will hear the matter and seek CBIs stand on Friday.
CBI has booked Solanki under Sections 120 B read with 302 IPC for conspiring to murder Jethava in July 2010. The agency alleged that he was actively involved in the conspiracy and he was arrested after his answers were not satisfactory during the investigation and pointed towards his involvement in the crime.