Taking over as Director General of Police (DGP) in Gujarat, Geetha Johari became the first woman officer to hold the position in the state on April 4. She has been controversial for her role in the investigation into the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.
Johri was chargesheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for her alleged role in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
A special CBI court had in 2005 dropped charges against Johri after it failed to obtain the mandatory sanction from the Gujarat government for prosecution of an IPS officer.
It was Johri who had filed a first investigation report (FIR) in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and the sudden disappearance of his wife Kausar Bi in the Supreme Court which led to the arrest of three IPS officers, including DG Vanzara and the two others from Rajasthan.
The Home Minister of State, Pradeep Singh Jadeja announced that Geetha Johri has been given the additional charge as she is the senior-most IPS officer in the state.
Geetha Johari took over the position after P P Pandey stepped down from the post following a petition in the Supreme Court. He is an accused in Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
She has also been charged with defying orders from her superiors in September 1992 during the arrest of don Abdul Latif’s aide Sharif Khan.
A 1982-batch IPS officer, Johri, is presently posted as managing director, Gujarat Police Housing Corporation, Gandhinagar.
As soon as Geetha Johri becomes first woman DGP of Gujarat, Twitter recalled the Sohrabuddin encounter case. Here’s how people reacted on Twitter:
— satish jha (@satishjha) April 4, 2017
Geetha Johri,once chargesheeted in Sohrabuddin encounter,replaces Isharat Jahan encounter accused PP Pandey as Gujarat DGP.Ramrajya finally?
— Samar (@Samar_Anarya) April 4, 2017
— Chirag Gandhi (@cggandhi) April 4, 2017
In India, ‘encounter’ status changes with govts: during UPA, Sohrabuddin case led to CBI chargesheet;BJP takes over, same CBI drops charges!
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 4, 2017
Wow. Geeta johri headed the investigations into the Sohrabuddin fake encounter. ADG to DG to DGP now. All in just 2 years! https://t.co/u7o2a3Lz6O
— Mask Man (@TweetDonga) April 4, 2017
Prized posting for being a bhakt :once charged in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case by CBI, Geeta Johri is now DG Gujarat. @ArvindKejriwal
— Aashish Mehta (@aashishSmehta) April 4, 2017
Geeta Johri was ordered by SC to be removed from Guj genocide SIT, because of serious charges. Seems Guj doesn’t want upright officer as DGP https://t.co/a12pkYKReq
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) April 4, 2017
Can anybody quote or remember
There were some adverse observations/comments by SC on Geeta Johri when Ishrat case was in SC https://t.co/gq6a4w5Hhs
— SK Jain (@skjain_05) April 4, 2017
— cheenikum (@ashokbagariya) April 3, 2017