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Gujarat High Court Suspends Sentence Of Life Imprisonment Of Ex-Member Of Parliament In The Case Of Rti Activist Amit Jethva

Lawstreet Journal 1 Oct 2021 7:34pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Gujarat High Court Suspends Sentence Of Life Imprisonment Of Ex-Member Of Parliament In The Case Of Rti Activist Amit Jethva

On 30th September 2021, the Gujarat High Court suspended the life sentence of Ex Member of Parliament, Dinu Bogha Solanki, who was awarded the life sentence for the murder of Right to Information (RTI) Activist Amit Jethwa in 2010  by a special CBI court in 2019. It was held that the motive behind the murder was to take revenge as the activist had exposed illegal mining activities in the Gir Forest region. 

BACKGROUND 

Amit Jethwa was a lawyer and an RTI activist, he was shot dead for exposing illegal mining near the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary which involved Dinu Solanki through RTI applications. 

Jethwa had filed a Public Interest Legislation (PIL) in protest of the illegal mining which was taking place around the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary which is the only abode of the Asiatic Lion. 

In the PIL filed by the RTI activist Dinu Solanki and Shiva Solanki were named as respondents as the activist had documents showing that they were involved in the illegal mining. However, as the case was being heard in the court it was held that he was shot dead outside on 20th July 2010. 

Dinu Solanki was a Member of Parliament(MP) from the period of 2009 to 2014, he was held guilty for the murder by the Special Court of CBI along with his cousin Shiva Solanki and six others Shailesh Pandya, Bahadursinh Vadher, Panchan G Desai, Sanjay Chauhan, and Udaji Thakore.

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