Geetha Johri: From Tak­ing on Fel­low IPS Van­zara to Be­com­ing DGP

Gu­jarat’s first woman IPS of­fi­cer first hit head­lines with ar­rest of gun­run­ner Sharif and then for book­ing 13 po­lice­men in Sohrabud­din case

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Ahmed­abad: Af­ter get­ting its first woman Chief Min­is­ter, Gu­jarat is now all set to get its first woman Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (DGP) with the state’s first woman IPS of­fi­cer Geetha Johri tak­ing over as the state’s top cop.

Her el­e­va­tion comes at the back­drop of state DGP PCThakur be­ing trans­ferred to the Cen­tre as the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Civil De­fence and Home Guards on dep­u­ta­tion. The Cen­tre is learnt to have re­quested the state govern­ment to re­lease him im­me­di­ately to en­able him to take up his new as­sign­ment.

Johri first shot to fame with her ar­rest of Ahmed­abad un­der­world gun­man Sharif Khan in early 1992. Later, it was the de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion of this 1982 batch IPS of Gu­jarat cadre that had re­sulted in the ar­rest of 13 po­lice­men, in­clud­ing DG Van­zara, in Sohrabud­din Sheikh fake en­counter case.

The case was ini­tially given to Geetha Johri, who dur­ing the first phase dug up the gray ar­eas im­pli­cat­ing Van­zara, Ra­jku­mar Pan­dian and Di­nesh of the Ra­jasthan Po­lice. Howver, she was re­moved from the case and it was handed over to 1992 batch IPS Rajnish Rai, who ar­rested the trio within a week of his tak­ing over the case.

While he was mak­ing a bid to con­duct a narco-anal­y­sis on them, he was shunted out of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and posted to State Crime Records Bureau and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was once again handed over to Geetha Johri. How­ever, the chargesheet filed by her came un­der se­vere crit­i­cism from the apex court and the case was handed over to the CBI. While Johri had come un­der CBI’s scan­ner, the probe agency had dropped charges against her last year as it had failed to ob­tain the manda­tory sanc­tion from the Gu­jarat govern­ment for pros­ecu- tion of an IPS of­fi­cer.

Johri was also a mem­ber of the Supreme Court ap­pointed Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) un­der for­mer CBI Chief RK Ragha­van, which had probed the ten most heinous cases of 2002 ri­ots.

Johri was posted as the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Gu­jarat State Po­lice Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion in Gand­hi­na­gar and was pro­moted to the rank of DGP last year af­ter the CBI court had dropped charges against her.


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