Big money matters – finally

Amit Jethwa sacrificed his life on the matter of illegal mining activities in Gujarat, he presented numbers of evidence before honorable high court of Gujarat, those evidence were leading to Dinu Solanki and other land mafia’s involvement in illegal activities. But effort of powerful BJP Govt. of Modi did not let happen to punish mining mafias. The Gujarat high court on 11th February 2011 disposed of the PIL file by RTI activist Amit Jethwa, who was shot dead last year and also appreciated the step taken by the government to check illegal mining in the state.
Court accepted the government’s contention that the mechanism to check illegal mining activities are now in place and action is being taken against those violating the norms.
Amit Jethva’s PIL  had specifically drawn attention to the illegal mining in the Gir forest region. He was shot dead opposite the High Court building on July 20, 2010, a few days after filing the PIL.
During the last hearing, the state government had filed an affidavit stating it had formed special task forces and grievance redressal committees at state and district levels, and had said that it would hold police officers, revenue officers and officers of Geology and Mining department of the concerned area accountable for illegal mining activities.
After Jethwa’s death court had made his younger brother Bhavin and uncle Vijay petitiners.
RTI activist Amit jethwa’s death had sparked off a political controversy; with Jethwa’s father Bhikhubhai Jethwa alleging that BJP MP from Junagadh, Dinu Solanki, was behind the murder. Bhikhubhai also filed a petition in Gujarat high court demanding investigation into his son’s death by independent agency. The Ahmedabad crime branch which was probing Jethwa’s murder, had arrested six person including pratap alias Shiva Solanki, nephew of Dinu Solanki.
Finally the Government is waking up!! As our first CIC Wajahat Habibullah said recently that the attacks and killings of RTI activists prove that the democratic machinery is now afraid of RTIs being filed… but someone needs to ask him, the martyrs who had laid down their life fighting injustice, what have their families got.. just the name.. rest is history.

By : | Category : Business and Economy| Date : November 09,2011

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