The Central Bureau of Investigation, probing the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and the alleged murder of his wife Kauserbi, has called six IPS officers for questioning sometime next week, an official said on Friday.

“We have called in some IPS officers who were part of the earlier investigation in the case for questioning,” a CBI official told PTI here.

They include Geetha Johri, who was the Investigating Officer when the case was being probed by the State CID, according to CBI sources.

The central agency has also called Rajneesh Rai, who was the one who had arrested three IPS officers, D.G. Vanzara, Rajkumar Pandian and Dinesh M.N., considered to be main conspirators behind the encounter of Sheikh and disappearance of his wife in November 2005, they said.

Two former chiefs of Gujarat CID and the current head of the State agency, which was investigating the case before it was handed over to the CBI, have also been called for questioning, the sources said.

While V.V. Rabari is the present head of CID, his predecessors were G.C. Raigar and O P Mathur.

The sixth officer is Girish Singhal, currently with Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). Mr. Singhal was Gandinagar SP when the encounter took place.

Two days ago, the CBI arrested DCP Abhay Chudasama, the fourth IPS officer held in the case.

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