RTI Activist Amit Jethwa’s murder: CBI wants to grill BJP MP Dinu Solanki’s kin

Amit Jethwa was an Indian environmentalist and social worker, active in the Gir Forest area near Junagadh, Gujarat.

Since 2008, Jethwa had filed six requests under the Right to Information Act, probing the activities of an illegal mining lobby operating in the protected forest area just outside the Gir Forest National Park. At the time, Jethwa was badly beaten up by goons, allegedly from Solanki’s party.

Amit Jethwa
Amit Jethwa
In mid-2010, he filed a Public interest litigation in the Gujarat High Court, citing evidence found, and naming local BJP politician Dinu Solanki and several relatives, for involvement in the illegal mining in the Gir Forest.

In June 2010, a raid was conducted by the police and geology departments, and a number of mining equipment were seized. However, the equipment was subsequently stolen back. Since BJP was the ruling party in the state, he appealed that the matter be investigated by an independent ombudsman or Lokayukta, a constitutional position that had been lying vacant in Gujarat since 2003.

On 20 July 2010, he was shot dead by two assailants on a motorbike. On September 6 2010, Dinu Solanki’s nephew Shiva Solanki has been arrested for allegedly having ordered gun-for-hire Pachan Shiva and one other to commit the killing.

Now CBI has sought permission from the Sessions Court in Ahmedabad to grill BJP MP Dinu Solanki’s nephew Shiva in the Sabarmati Central Jail.