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Geets Johri offers to quit after SC rap

Geeta Johri, an IPS officer part of the special investigation team probing the 2002 Gujarat riots, has offered to step down from the Supreme Court-appointed panel, reports Prasad Nichenametla.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2010 00:44 IST
Prasad Nichenametla

Geeta Johri, an IPS officer part of the special investigation team (SIT) probing the 2002 Gujarat riots, has offered to step down from the Supreme Court-appointed panel.

The offer, made in a letter to SIT chief RK Raghavan and amicus curae Harish Salve, comes in the wake of remarks made by the court on her role in handing over the Sohrabuddin case to the CBI.

“I am fed up by the kind of frivolous allegations being made against me … so I offered to quit,” Johri told HT over phone from Rajkot, where she is the police commissioner.

Johri said the allegations were personal, and not about the investigation. “...I can’t keep on defending my integrity.”

Referring to the plot allotted to her in Gandhinagar by the Modi government, Johri said that she got it by ‘virtue of being a senior IPS officer...’

Johri admitted that there could have been some mistakes in the probe, ‘which can be corrected.’ She also questioned why her husband’s name (an Indian Forest Service officer) was being dragged into the controversy.

Johri, who probed the Sohrabuddin encounter case, is acting as the convener of the SIT, which is also probing the role of Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the riots.

“I cannot comment anything … I have to discuss the matter with her,” Raghavan told HT.