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Amit Jethwa murder case: SC grants bail to BJP MP Dinubhai Solanki

Feb 25, 2014 12:09 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: In a major relief to Gujarat BJP leader Dinubhai Solanki, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted him bail in the Amit Jethwa murder case.

Jethwa, a RTI activist, was shot dead by unidentified persons outside the Gujarat High Court in July 2010. He was reportedly exiting a building and was about to enter his vehicle when he was fired upon. Even though he was hit in the abdomen by the bullets, he tried to grapple with his assailants, who fled from there leaving behind their motorcycle.

The finger of suspicion pointed towards Solanki, a BJP MP from Junagarh, as Jethwa had named him in a PIL over illegal mining in the Gir Forest, apparently the last remaining abode of the Asiatic lions. Jethwa's family claimed that Solanki had hatched the conspiracy to kill him.

After the Gujarat High Court slammed the state police for its shoddy investigations, the case was handed over to the CBI.

In November 2013, the CBI arrested Solanki. His nephew Shiva and five others were also sent to jail.

Jethwa's murder sparked an uproar among RTI activists across the country who raised concerns over the safety of such whistleblowers.