‘Shah pressurized Johri on fake shootout probe`
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Last Updated: Friday, October 22, 2010, 23:58
Ahmedabad: Senior IPS officer Geetha Johri, who was supervising the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, was under "tremendous" pressure from former Gujarat minister Amit Shah following which she herself recommended a CBI probe into the 2005 episode, the investigating agency has said.

CBI said this in a supplementary charge sheet filed today in its special court here against Shah and another accused, Rajendra Jeerawala, owner of Arham farmhouse where Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi were illegally detained by Gujarat Police before being killed.

"There is documentary evidence on record that Johri, the then IG (State CID), was under tremendous pressure to tamper with evidence and influence witnesses," it said.

The charge sheet quoted a file noting by Johri dated May 22, 2007, which said, "There is a systematic efforts on part of certain agencies, including the police to tamper with the witnesses and evidences..."

"Under the circumstances it is not possible for the SIT (formed by Supreme Court to probe the case) to meet the deadline of the SC and the directions given by it...", the CBI document quoted the filed noting.

"The government may please be therefore moved to hand over the case to CBI for the purpose of meting out justice to the petitioners and maintain the image of Gujarat Police," said the file noting by Johri, Gujarat first woman IPS officer.


First Published: Friday, October 22, 2010, 23:58

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