Probe Johri`s role in Sohrabuddin case, says accused

One of the 15 accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter today claimed that a woman IPS officer diverted the probe in the case and sought investigation of her role.

Last Updated: May 17, 2010, 23:50 PM IST

Ahmedabad: One of the 15 accused in the
Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter today claimed that a woman
IPS officer diverted the probe in the case and sought
investigation of her role.

Opposing CBI`s application seeking his custody for
further interrogation in the encounter case, Narendra Amin
said Geetha Johri, who was supervising the matter before it
was handed over to CBI by Supreme Court, needed to be
questioned about her links with politicians.

"Geetha Johri should be investigated. I am surprised
that she has not been arrested. Johri has nexus with
politicians, IPS officers and other criminals," Amin alleged
before Judge V B Barot of the CBI court, while arguing his
case in person.

"She was the one who diverted the entire probe in the
Sohrabuddin case. I do not have words to describe her act," he
claimed.

Amin said that she had sent an Action Taken Report
(ATR) before the Supreme Court, which stated that one person
Nathubah Jadeja was absconding.

But after Jadeja surrendered, Johri filed an affidavit
that Jadeja was a witness in the case, he alleged.

Even the Supreme Court had come down heavily on
Gujarat Police for filing false ATRs, while ordering CBI probe
in the case.

Opposing the CBI plea for his custody, Amin said that
the central agency was seeking his custody again in the same
case.

The CBI application has not mentioned under what
section of the CrPC were they seeking his custody, he said.

Amin also cited number of judgements of the Supreme
Court, where custody of the accused was not granted even after
the investigating agency had changed.

He said the CID had already probed the Sohrabuddin
fake encounter case in 2007 and the CBI is doing only further
investigation, hence his custody cannot be granted to the
agency.

He also told court that he would be filing for bail
soon.

Amin, who is behind bars since June 2007, has been
accused of disposing off the body of Sohrabuddin`s wife Kausar
Bi.

CBI had also sought custody of another accused in the
case V A Rathod, who argued that since the agency had not
legally arrested them, it cannot be handed over.

CBI, based on certain High Court orders argued that
custody of accused could be sought if the investigating agency
changes and there was nothing illegal about it.

After hearing the arguments, the order has been
reserved till May 19 by the court.

-PTI