CBI quizes Johri; Amin plea referred to Gujarat HC

Written by Political Bureau | Ahmedabad | Updated: Aug 27 2010, 06:36am hrs
IPS officer Geetha Johri, who was probing the 2005 killing of alleged gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi, on Thursday appeared before the CBI for questioning.

The special CBI court, meanwhile, referred the application of Narendra Amin, one of the accused in the Sohrabuddin case, seeking pardon and permission to turn approver in the case to the Gujarat High Court. The HC was asked to decide the constitutional validity of Section 306 of the CrPC under which the application was moved.

Johri, currently posted as Rajkot commissioner, was to appear on Aug 10 but she had sought more time since she had returned from a long leave.

In her request, Johri had said that since she had joined after a break she needed time to study the case, before answering any questions.

The CBI has already interrogated Johri twice, after it began investigation into the fake encounter case following a Supreme Court order in January this year.

The SC, while transferring the case to CBI, had expressed displeasure at the failure of the Gujarat SIT headed by Johri to identify the seven Andhra Pradesh police personnel who has assisted the Gujarat police in the fake encounter. It had also come down heavily on Gujarat Police for failing to conduct an impartial probe and attempting to mislead the apex court by filing conflicting action taken reports in the case.

Meanwhile, the special CBI court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate AY Dave, referring Amins application to the HC, requested the latter to decide by September 6 when further proceedings on the application are scheduled.

Last month, Amin filed the application to turn approver. While the CBI has shown conditional willingness to Amin turning approver in the case, the eight other accused, including suspended IPS officer DG Vanzara, objected to the application.