Crime Branch probe beset by high political links, claimed Jethwa's father

A Division Bench of the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday ordered further investigation into the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethwa, based on a complaint by his father, Bhikhabhai Jethwa, alleging that the Crime Branch was not probing the case properly because of high political links.

The Bench ordered that the probe be supervised by an IPS officer of the rank of Additional Director-General and asked the police to submit the report by November 28 and scheduled the next hearing for November 29.

Amit Jethwa, who was also an environmentalist, was killed on July 20 last year, right in front of the Gujarat High Court by two motorcycle-borne assailants. The police arrested six persons, including Sailesh Pandya, who, they claimed, had actually pulled the trigger, but did not find any link with BJP MP from Junagadh Dinu Solanki, believed to be connected with alleged mining mafias in the area.

The senior Jethwa, in his petition, had claimed that both he and Amit had received several threats from Mr. Solanki because his son was “exposing” the mining mafias through his RTI queries.