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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Gujarat gets its first woman top cop; Geetha Johari appointed new DGP; 10 things about her

SENIOR most IPS officer in Gujarat — Ms Geetha Johari — was on Tuesday appointed as the new Director General of Police (DGP) after her predecessor PP Pandey had to step down from the top cop’s job, following a petition in the Supreme Court. Here are the 10 things you may like to know about the state’s first woman top cop:
1. Geetha Johari, a 1982 batch IPS officer, is the first woman to become the Gujarat police chief.
2. This 59-year-old officer is currently the MD of Gujarat State Police Housing Corporation (GSPHC). 
3. She will continue to hold additional charge of the post of GSPHC’s MD even as she takes charge as the state’s top cop.
4. Earlier, Johari had served as commissioner of police in Rajkot city, additional commissioner of police in Vadodara and Gandhinagar. 
5. She also served as SP-Traffic and SP-Crime (CID) in Ahmedabad.
6. Johari also had a brush of controversy when she was the investigating officer in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases.
7. The Supreme Court later asked her to dissociate herself from the SIT probing the post-Godhra riots after some allegations were labelled against her. 
8. In 2015, she was exonerated by the special court in Sohrabuddin case. 
9. She did her MSc in chemistry from Madras University before getting selected in IPS. 
10. IPS Association in its congratulatory message in Twitter says as follows: “Congratulations Smt Geeta Johari, #IPS on taking over as new DGP of #Gujarat. Proud moment for all of us as we celebrate #WomenPower”.

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