Saturday, August 20, 2011

In Gujarat you are Killed if you Fight for Justice

... says slain RTI activist Amit Jethava's father Bhikhubhai who has filed a PIL seeking appointment of lokayukta to check corruption in state

Ahmedabad Mirror
Ahmedabad: 20/08/11
Daily English News

PIL for Lokayukta

Even as people back Anna Hazare demanding a corruption-free India,one man quietly but determinedly filed a public interest litigation seeking appointment of a lokayukta in Gujarat.His anguish and agony is understandable.His young son was murdered sometime back opposite Gujarat High Court because he was using his right to seek information against the rich,powerful and politically connected mining mafia.Bhikhubhai Jethava,father of slain RTI activist Amit Jethava,says Gujarat is an unsafe place for all those who fight for their rights.Just like Haren Pandya who was assassinated by someone who felt threatened by him and his father Vithalbhai died fighting for justice for his sons untimely death,I too will die fighting.Worse,I might be murdered because now I am all out to expose that Gujarat is not vibrant, Bhikhubhai tells DILIP PATEL and TANUSHREE BHATIA

Excerpts from an Interview

What made you file the PIL demanding a lokayukta

My son had filed a PIL in 2008.There already is a law in Gujarat but the state government is deliberately not appointing a lokayukta.When my son filed the PIL,the state government assured Gujarat High Court of appointing lokayukta immediately.It didnt happen.Hence this PIL.

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