BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki held for RTI activist’s murder
Finding inconsistencies in his replies and other circumstantial evidence, the CBI on Tuesday arrested BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki in connection with the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethwa in 2010. Jethwa had filed a petition before the Gujarat high court against illegal mining in the Gir forests.
Solanki is the second leader from Gujarat to be arrested by CBI in the past three years. Earlier, Narendra Modi's close aide and former state home minister Amit Shah, considered to be thick with Solanki as well, was arrested by the agency in fake encounter cases.
CBI sources said they had examined two CDs, one allegedly containing Solanki's voice and another related to illegal sand mining in Gir, apart from call detail records to nail the MP.
The agency had questioned Solanki's nephew Shiva and sharpshooter Sailesh Pandya, who had shot at Jethwa, in Sabarmati jail and they gave some clues about the MP's role. Sources said there was circumstantial evidence showing Dinu Solanki was part of the conspiracy to murder Jethwa.
CDs to nail Solanki role in murder?
Solanki was arrested on Tuesday after more than eight hours of questioning, during which CBI officials found inconsistencies in his replies regarding the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethwa in 2010. Agency sources also cited two CDs which contained Solanki's voice and alleged links to sand mining in Gir.
"He gave conflicting versions on various aspects about his location at the time of murder, his interaction with his nephew and about his voice in a CD," said an officer. CBI sources said in one of the CDs, Solanki is heard threatening a man called Haresh Damania in August 2010, supporting the claims of Jethwa's family. The agency also has a video CD containing visuals of sand mining in Gir against which Jethwa was fighting.