Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Court pulls up cops for shielding MP

Court pulls up cops for shielding MP
Times of India

The Gujarat high court on Tuesday pulled up Gujarat police for shielding BJP MP from Junagadh Dinu Bogha Solanki in connection with the Amit Jethava murder case.

The RTI activist was killed a few days after he filed a PIL against Solanki's alleged illegal mining in Gir sanctuary. The high court noticed that the probe was transferred because the HC kept monitoring the investigation in the pending PIL.

The division bench observed that ever since Solanki's name was uttered first during investigation by relatives of the deceased, the cops tried to restrict the probe from moving to that direction. The high court has dubbed the investigator's gesture of following leads provided by the accused as an effort to keep the main suspect out of their probe.

The court said, "It has come on record that Shiva Solanki and Dinu Solanki were living together in a joint family and no investigator could have been easily satisfied with the statements that they did not interact in respect of the conspiracy to commit a capital crime, particularly when both of them were simultaneously joined as respondents in the PIL."

The court further said, "Although name of Dinu Solanki was mentioned as the main suspect in at least eight statements recorded till September 15, 2010, he was neither approached for interrogation nor was any notice issued under section 160 of CrPC...The statement of Dinu Solanki was recorded after apparently solving the mystery of the murder clearly appeared to be an empty formality at the convenience and invitation of Dinu Solanki."

The HC observed that prime suspect (Dinu Solanki) had such influence in the higher echelons of police-power that the officers would not dare to displease them.

The court also criticized investigation officer Raghavendra Vatsa for supplying false information regarding Solanki's past.

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