The Punjab and Haryana High Court today pulled up the Haryana government asking how SPS Rathore was promoted to the top rank of DGP despite a criminal complaint of molestation pending against him in connection with the Ruchika case.
The division bench comprising Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Rajan Gogoi while seeking details from the CBI in this regard also directed the investigating agency to place on record its final report on its probe in the FIRs in the three fresh cases filed against the disgraced former top cop.
The court direction came while hearing a PIL filed by a local advocate seeking a fresh case against Rathore for abetment to suicide of teenager Ruchika Girhotra.
After spending close to six months behind bars, Rathore serving an 18-month sentence in the Ruchika molestation case walked free on Friday last, a day after the Supreme Court granted him bail.
Ruchika (14), a budding tennis player, committed suicide three years after being molested by Rathore on August 12,1990.
On the promotion issue, the bench directed CBI to provide notings on the service file relating to the elevation of Rathore as DGP. The file is currently with CBI.
The court also issued notice to Sacred Heart school and directed the authorities to produce the inquiry report on Ruchika's expulsion from the institute allegedly at the behest of Rathore. The case will now come up for a hearing on December 24.
CBI had recently filed two closure reports in the Special CBI court in Ambala in two of the three fresh cases registered against Rathore.
The two cases related to the accusation against Rathore that he had doctored Ruchika's postmortem report and was behind the custodial torture of her brother Ashu. However, the probe into the abetment to suicide charge is still on.
The lawyer had filed the PIL in December last year seeking a fresh case against Rathore under section 305 of the IPC (abetment of suicide of a minor or insane person) as Ruchika was a minor when the incident occurred. Punishment under Section 305 includes death penalty or life imprisonment.
The PIL also sought strict action against the management of the Sacred Heart School for expelling Ruchika on illegal grounds. It also sought appropriate action against all those officers who favoured Rathore and delayed the trial for almost two decades.
Anand Parkash and his wife Madhu, who are parents of Aradhana--the sole witness in the case--and had fought the legal battle for years have expressed satisfaction at the High Court directions.
A sessions court had on May 25 this year increased Rathore's jail term from six months to one-and-half years while allowing CBI and Ruchika's family's appeal for enhancement of the punishment.