Indian Police Service officer Geetha Johri was appointed as the first woman Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat on 4 April 2017. She will be taking over this position in addition to her present post as Managing Director of Gujarat Police Housing Corporation.
The announcement was made by the Minister of State for Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja who stated that the decision to give Johri the additional charge was taken as she is the senior-most IPS officer in the state.
• The decision of Johri’s appointment comes in the wake of resignation by her predecessor P P Pandey.
• Pandey’s resignation was accepted by the state government on 3 April 2017. He was earlier given a three-month extension in the post after his retirement in January 2017.
• A petition in the Supreme Court had, however, challenged the extension given to him, as his name featured in the top accused list in the controversial fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others.
• With this move, Johri, who is the first woman IPS of Gujarat cadre, has become the first woman to head the Gujarat’s police force.
About Geetha Johri
• Johri has previously served in several important positions including that of Police Commissioner of Rajkot and Head of State CID (Crime).
• Supreme Court had also appointed her to probe into the 2005 fake encounter cases of Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram Prajapati. However, later on court’s order, the cases were handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
• Though the central investigation agency initially chargesheeted her for allegedly botching up the investigation, she was subsequently discharged from it in 2015.
• The Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, in fact, had high-profile accused including top IPS officers of Gujarat and Rajasthan along with the then Home Minister of Gujarat, Amit Shah who was also later discharged from the case.