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Probe IPS officer's role in Sohrabuddin case, says accused

india Updated: May 17, 2010 22:17 IST

One of the 15 accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter on Monday claimed that a woman IPS officer diverted the probe in the case and sought investigation of her role.

Opposing CBI's application seeking his custody for further interrogation in the encounter case, Narendra Amin said Geetha Johri, who was supervising the matter before it was handed over to CBI by Supreme Court, needed to be questioned about her links with politicians.

"Geetha Johri should be investigated. I am surprised that she has not been arrested. Johri has nexus with politicians, IPS officers and other criminals," Amin alleged before Judge V B Barot of the CBI court, while arguing his case in person.

"She was the one who diverted the entire probe in the Sohrabuddin case. I do not have words to describe her act," he claimed.

Amin said that she had sent an Action Taken Report (ATR) before the Supreme Court, which stated that one person Nathubah Jadeja was absconding.

But after Jadeja surrendered, Johri filed an affidavit that Jadeja was a witness in the case, he alleged.

Even the Supreme Court had come down heavily on Gujarat Police for filing false ATRs, while ordering CBI probe in the case.

Opposing the CBI plea for his custody, Amin said that the central agency was seeking his custody again in the same case.

The CBI application has not mentioned under what section of the CrPC were they seeking his custody, he said.

Amin also cited number of judgements of the Supreme Court, where custody of the accused was not granted even after the investigating agency had changed.

He said the CID had already probed the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in 2007 and the CBI is doing only further investigation, hence his custody cannot be granted to the agency.

He also told court that he would be filing for bail soon.

Amin, who is behind bars since June 2007, has been accused of disposing off the body of Sohrabuddin's wife Kausar Bi.

CBI had also sought custody of another accused in the case V A Rathod, who argued that since the agency had not legally arrested them, it cannot be handed over.

CBI, based on certain High Court orders argued that custody of accused could be sought if the investigating agency changes and there was nothing illegal about it.

After hearing the arguments, the order has been reserved till May 19 by the court.