Ahmedabad: IPS officer Geetha Johri, who
was probing the 2005 fake encounter case of Sohrabuddin Sheikh
and killing of his wife Kausarbi, was today interrogated for
over six hours by the CBI.
Johri who is currently the Police Commissioner of
Rajkot, was interrogated for six hours by the CBI at its
office at the old secretariat campus, CBI sources said.
She was questioned with regard to the Sohrabuddin fake
encounter case last week (Aug 26) by the CBI officials. Johri
may be called again if required, sources added.
Johri was interrogated twice in May by the CBI after
it took over the probe following Supreme Court orders.
Incidentally, the senior IPS officer has also filed a
curative petition in the Supreme Court alleging that CBI has
been pressurizing her to implicate some political leaders,
including arrested BJP leader Amit Shah, a close aide of
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
In the petition she has sought removal of Balwinder
Singh, CBI`s Special Director who is supervising probe into
the case, and said he be made a witness in it.
She alleged she had been asked by CBI to depose in a
particular manner in the case and that her personal assistant
was threatened by CBI.
The apex court, while transferring the case to CBI had
expressed displeasure at failure of Gujarat police`s Special
Investigation Team (SIT) headed by IGP Geetha Johri to
identify the seven Andhra Pradesh police personnel, who
assisted the local police in the fake encounter.
The court had said that while one of the investigating
officers V L Solanki was proceeding in the right direction,
Johri had not been carrying out the probe in the right manner.
The SC had also come down heavily on Gujarat Police
for failing to conduct impartial probe and attempting to
"mislead" the apex court by filing conflicting action taken
reports (ATRs) in the case.