The Punjab and Haryana High Court today resumed day-to-day hearing on SPS Rathore's revision petition challenging his conviction in Ruchika molestation case with his lawyer wife Abha citing contradictions in the statements of the sole witness Aradhana.
Stressing that the incident of molestation as described by Aradhana, the sole and prime witness in the case and daughter of Anand Parkash was "not possible", Abha contended before the court that "if two persons are sitting on two sides of a table, there is no chance of molestation." Pointing out "contradictions" in the statements of Aradhana during her examination in the case, Abha submitted that the witness was interested to get Rathore convicted as this family had feelings of "vengeance and vendetta" against him.
Holding that Aradhana gave statements before the prosecution at the age of 30 and was not a minor, Abha contended that Aradhana had admitted in her statement that she met ball picker Paltoo, but she tried to avoid Rathore on the day of alleged crime.
"The timing of group of Aradhana and Ruchika to play tennis was 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm, but they stayed at the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association grounds till 6.30 pm when Rathore used to come, in her statements Aradhana had changed details of timings to implicate Rathore," Abha argued. "Aradhana gave false testimony regarding avoidance of Rathore," Abha submitted.
Abha argued that S C Girhotra had given statements during the prosecution examination that his daughter Ruchika left the house empty handed for the HLTA grounds on August 12, 1990 whereas Aradhana admitted that the deceased had first come to her residence and gone to play tennis with racquets in their hands.
"While Ruchika's friend says there was racquet in her hands, the deceased's father had maintained that his daughter was empty handed, there is contradiction in the testimony," Abha submitted.
Abha also contended that Anand Parkash, husband of the complainant in the case Madhu, had "adverse and controversial" service record. "He(Anand Parkash) has been compulsorily retired from the Government service on account of corruption," a calm and composed Abha, assisted by her lawyer daughter Priyanjali, told the court while giving references of government remark's in Anand Parkash service record.