Sohrabuddin case: Retd IPS Mathur appears before CBI

Retired IPS officer O P Mathur, who had headed the probe into the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case as chief of Gujarat CID, today appeared before the CBI for questioning.

Updated: Aug 05, 2010, 20:40 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Retired IPS officer O P Mathur,
who had headed the probe into the Sohrabuddin fake encounter
case as chief of Gujarat CID, today appeared before the CBI
for questioning.

Mathur, who is now in-charge of Gujarat government`s
Rasksha Shakti University, is being questioned at the CBI
office in Gandhinagar after he was summoned by the agency on
July 27. He had, however, failed to appear then due to
personal reasons.

Mathur was the head of state CID which investigated
the encounter of Sohrabuddin and alleged murder of his wife
Kausarbi in November 2005, before the probe was transfered to
CBI by the Supreme Court in January this year.

CBI sources said they would be able to get valuable
inputs from Mathur in connection with the case. He was earlier
summoned by CBI in May but his statement was not recorded at
that time.

The Central probe agency has already recorded the
statement of another retired IPS officer G C Raigar, who also
headed the state CID when it was probing the fake encounter
case. He was called in as a witness.

The CBI has also summoned former investigation officer
in the case, Geetha Johri who has been asked to appear before
the agency by August 10.

The Central agency has arrested former Gujarat
Minister of State for Home Amit Shah on charges of criminal
conspiracy, murder, kidnapping and extortion on July 25.

CBI after taking over the investigation in the case,
has also arrested IPS officer Abhay Chudasama, a key
conspirator in the case.

It has also recorded statements of Rajneesh Rai who
had arrested three IPS officers D G Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian
and Dinesh M N, considered to be main conspirators behind the
encounter.

IPS officer G L Singhal, presently with Gujarat Anti
Terrorist Squad (ATS) has also being questioned. Singhal was
Gandinagar SP when the encounter took place.

The earlier probe by CID had lead to the arrest of 14
policemen including three IPS officers -- Vanzara, Pandian of
Gujarat cadre and Dinesh M N of Rajasthan cadre for staging a
fake encounter of Sohrabuddin.

PTI