Amit Jethwa murder case: BJP MP Dinu Solanki among 7 to get life imprisonment

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Gujarat: Ahmedabad CBI Court here on Thursday sentenced seven accused including former BJP MP Dinu Solanki to life imprisonment in connection with 2010 murder case of RTI activist Amit Jethwa.

Special CBI judge K.M. Dave pronounced the quantum of sentence to the accused persons.

The RTI activist Amit Jethwa was killed outside the Gujarat High Court as he was fighting against illegal mining in and around Gir forest, the abode of Asiatic lions in Gujarat, where Solanki and his family have interests in limestone mining.

Jethwa had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court challenging the illegal mining in Gir.

Solanki was subsequently arrested in 2013 from Delhi and later named as the main conspirator by the CBI in its charge sheet.

Besides Solanki, his nephew Shiva and five others, including the shooter Shailash Pandya, were pronounced guilty on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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