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Johri requests for more time to appear before CBI

india Updated: Aug 09, 2010 22:09 IST

Geetha Johri, a former investigation officer in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, on Monday sought more time from CBI in appearing before the agency in connection with the case.

Johri who resumed work on Monday as police commissioner of Rajkot city after a long leave, made the request to CBI to grant her more time, officials said.

CBI had asked her to appear before it on August 10.

In her request, Johri said that since she has joined after a break, she needs to get appraised about the case, before answering CBI questions, they said.

She has also said that since the state level Independence Day function is being held in Rajkot, she needs to give priority to the event, and hence she be given more time.

According to CBI officials, her questioning is likely to take place after August 15.

CBI has already questioned Johri twice before, after it began investigation into the fake encounter case following the Supreme court order in January.

Incidentally, former state DGP P C Pande who was also summoned by CBI in the same case would also not be able to appear before the agency as he was out of station, CBI sources said.

Pande is likely to appear after August 18 on his return.

The probe agency had arrested former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin case. Shah is now lodged in Sabarmati Central jail here along with 15 accused police officials.

Pande was DGP when the state CID was investigating the fake encounter case. There have been allegations that some police officials of Gujarat had tried to influence the investigation in the incident.

The apex court, while transferring the case to CBI had minced no words in expressing displeasure at the failure of Gujarat Police's special investigation team headed by IGP Geetha Johri.

The Supreme Court had also come down heavily on Gujarat Police for failing to conduct impartial investigations and attempting to "mislead" the apex court by filing conflicting action taken reports in the fake encounter case.

It had said that while one of the investigating officers V L Solanki was proceeding in the right direction, Johri had not been carrying out the probe in a right manner.