Cop who cracked Sohrab case says CBI framing her

Geetha JohriGeetha Johri

Additional DGP Geetha Johri, whose probe into the 2005 Sohrabuddin encounter case led to key revelations and subsequent arrests of senior IPS officers in Gujarat, has accused the CBI of falsely implicating her in the Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case in which she has been named as an accused.

Johri, who is currently posted as managing director of Gujarat Police Housing Corporation, told The Indian Express in an emailed response that she was on leave when Prajapati was killed in a police encounter on December 28 and that Keshav Kumar, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer currently serving as a joint director with CBI, was in charge.

As IG (CID) in 2006, Johri had probed the 2005 Sohrabuddin encounter as part of the preliminary inquiry directed by the Supreme Court on a habeas corpus petition filed by Sohrabuddin's brother Rubabuddin for his missing sister-in-law Kauser Bi. It was Johri who first revealed how Sohrabuddin's wife Kauser Bi was also killed along with him in a bid to cover up the infamous encounter.

Based on her findings, DIG Rajnish Rai, who took over the CID probe from Johri, made the first arrests in the case, of Gujarat-cadre IPS officers D G Vanzara and Rajkumar Pandian, and of Dinesh M N (Rajasthan cadre) in 2007.

Ironically, with the recent Supreme Court ruling that the twin encounter killings of Sohrabuddin and Prajapati be treated as one case since they are related, Johri is also likely to become an accused in the Sohrabuddin case which she once investigated. Now, CBI is probing both the cases on SC orders.

In the Prajapati case, Johri faces charges of conspiracy and destruction of evidence, and delaying and obstructing the then investigating officer, Inspector V L Solanki of CID, from questioning Tulsiram in Udaipur jail where he was lodged, 10 days before he was killed in a fake encounter.

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