In order for Dinu Bogha Solanki, a former MP from Junagadh and a life-sentenced prisoner for the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethava, to attend the post-death rites of his nephew, who died from Covid-19, the Gujarat high court has granted him temporary bail. However, as a condition of his release from prison, he must test Covid-19 negative. The only way he will be able to see the post-death rites is via video call if he is found to be Covid positive. The High Court ordered him to post Rs 2 lakh case and two sureties of similar amount in exchange for a five-day bail from October 2 to October 6. In addition to paying half of the cost of the police escort, Solanki will be accompanied for five days by a police squad consisting of one PSI, one head constable, and two police constables. The high court decided to release him on bail after confirming that there has not been a Covid case in his joint family of about 50 people in the past month. The state government will be responsible for the remaining half of the costs associated with the police escort. He had previously applied for bail after a few members of his family in Kodinar received Covid-19 positive tests. However, the court denied him bail at the time because he would not be able to visit his relatives and assist them because his home was under a micro containment zone. In July 2019, a CBI court sentenced Solanki and six other defendants to life in prison for the criminal conspiracy and murder of Jethava in 2010, which occurred after the RTI activist started exposing illegal mining activities in and around the protected Gir forests.
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