The Punjab and Haryana high court on Saturday decided to hear a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking an independent probe into the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, involving former Haryana director general of police (DGP) SPS Rathore, on regular basis from November 21.
The division bench, comprising justice SS Saron and justice SP Bangarh, passed the judgment on a PIL filed by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), World Human Rights Protection Council, through its chairperson Ranjan Lakhanpal.
The high court will hear arguments about the locus standi (legal right to be heard) of the petitioner, role of school in Ruchika's expulsion and reason for the delay in registering the first-information report (FIR).
During the arguments, senior advocate Sanjeev Sharma appearing for Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, where Ruchika was studying, raised several questions on the locus standi of the petitioner and cited various court judgments on the criteria laid down for filing the PILs. He said the NGO had no locus standi to file the PIL and right to tarnish school's image, as the organisation had no authentic background.
Rathore was granted bail by the Supreme Court on November 11, 2010, after spending around six months in jail for molesting Ruchika in August 1990. Later, Ruchika had committed suicide by consuming poison.