Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Re: [rti_india] Re: RTI Activist Amit Jethwa shot dead


while the fact about amit jethwa's use of activism, whether for bonafide purpose or otherwise, is something only investigation will reveal, it is important to state here that amit was a active activist for last several years, and his use of RTI was a subsequent development. my personal interactions with him were of the best order, and i have difficulty believing any negativity being shrouded around him. in fact it even seems that these are impregnated in the system to dilute the credibility of the activist. amit had been active in gujarat, and in fact had many non-personal success accolades to his credit.

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 10:58 PM, sarbajitr <> wrote:

The Gujarati media is carrying reports that

a) Amit was kicked out from Govt due to some irregularities.

b) That Amit was a professional blackmailer using EPA
to blackmail industries / industrialists.

c) That despite owing a small chemist shop in a small town, he could buy a car and properties in Ahmedabad in a short period.

OTH there are also people who say that he was a honest and committed person.

Whatever the truth is, it is unlikely that Amit was shot only for filing RTIs or going after BJP politicians. For eg, I also "went after" the late Pramod Mahajan and many honest people within the BJP were greatly relieved that he was made to quit national politics.


--- In, boyonlinee@... wrote:
> Sarabjit what you said is extremely fair. But what is disturbing is that fact that what are these murderers trying to say?
> In Amit Jethava's case today media reports have questioned his way of activism, wherein he is hinted of blackmailing a few people.
> However, that is something the probe in case has to find. But his murder just outside Gujarat High Court which is a heavily guarded area is more than just shocking.
> People close to Jethava say that he was after a BJP MLA from Kodinar Dinu Goga Solanki who is a heavyweight politician and is often accused of extortion and illegal mining. He is guarded by top state politicians and is known to be close with Home minister Amit Shah. In fact, local journalist from Kodinar told me that Amit Shah was staying at his place last week to hide himself from attention after news of his arrest in Tulsiram fake encounter case started doing rounds.
> But these all are allegations and the truth will be known only if a fair probe happens in the case. Only thing real is that one more voice that stood against wrong is killed.
> Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "sarbajitr" <sroy1947@...>
> Sender:
> Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:10:09
> Reply-To:
> Subject: [rti_india] Re: RTI Activist Amit Jethwa shot dead
> While the news is no doubt disturbing, it cannot be denied
> that professional "RTI Rambos" or habitual RTI "One man armies"
> are bringing a bad name to all RTI users.
> If there is a moral in this, it is to use RTI responsibly
> and refrain from using RTI against individuals, since RTI is
> a very weak weapon and the Govt is not going to provide
> any protection to RTI users. The RTI Act gives a false
> sense of superiority and invincibility to users, and our
> members must be vigilant not to fall victim to such
> delusions.
> We must also wait to learn if this shooting is the outcome
> of the RTIs / Writs Amit Jethwa filed, or is connected with
> other activities of the unfortunate victim.
> Sarbajit
> --- In, Manoj Pai <manojpai@> wrote:
> >
> > RTI Activist Mr Amit Jethwa from Gujarat was shot dead this evening.
> >
> > More later
> >
> > Manoj Pai
> >

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