Saturday, February 19, 2011

Second chargesheet filed in Amit Jethava murder case

Second chargesheet filed in Amit Jethava murder case
Times of India

The city crime branch on Friday filed a voluminous supplementary chargesheet in the RTI activist Amit Jethava murder case. The report was filed after the arrest of the sixth accused Shailesh Pandya, who is a sharpshooter.

One Bahadursinh Rathod, who is believed to have helped the accused persons in carrying out illegal mining activities in the prohibited Gir sanctuary, has been shown as an absconder in the chargesheet. The investigating agency has been maintaining that Pandya had fired on Jethava on July 20, last year in front of the Gujarat high court campus.

Five persons, including Shiva Solanki, who is a nephew of BJP MP from Junaghadh Dinu Bogha Solanki, were arrested by the police. They were chargesheeted last year. Pandya was arrested after the first chargesheet was filed. Jethava was killed after he filed a PIL in the high court against illegal mining activities in the Gir sanctuary.

He had accused the BJP MP of indulging in the activity and sought action against him. After the murder, Jethava's family members accused the BJP MP of murdering Jethava.

During a hearing on Jethava's PIL earlier this week, the high court expressed satisfaction over the state government's actions to curb illegal mining and the judges proposed to dispose of the petition. On getting a nod from the counsel of Jethava's family, the high court disposed of the PIL.

Meanwhile, Jethava's father moved the high court demanding CBI probe in the murder case. This petition is pending in the high court.

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