Saturday, July 01, 2017

Landmark retrial ordered in RTI activist murder.

The Hindu: New Delhi: Saturday, July 1, 2017.
Former BJP MP Solanki is a key accused, judge spares none in his scathing judgement
In a landmark judgment, the Gujarat High Court has ordered a retrial even before the trial court pronounces its verdict in the RTI activist Amit Jethva murder case, in which a former BJP Parliamentarian Dinu Solanki is a key accused. The court set aside the ongoing trial in the CBI court, calling it a “miscarriage of justice” as the trial was managed by Mr. Solanki, a powerful political leader in the State.
“Right from the day the son of the writ applicant came to be murdered, till this date, the manner and method in which the accused persons, more particularly, Dinu Bogha Solanki, have dominated the proceedings, speaks volumes about the power they are able to wield,” Justice J.B. Pardiwala said in his order.
Amit Jethva, a wildlife and RTI activist in the Saurashtra region, was shot dead outside the Gujarat High Court in 2010, when he filed a PIL exposing the rampant mining of limestone in the Gir forest.