A district court on Tuesday adjourned for a day the hearing on an appeal filed by former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, challenging his conviction and sentence, as he failed to appear citing ill-health.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Shekhar Attri, admitting the appeal on Tuesday, listed the matter for 2 pm, but it could not be taken up as Rathore failed to make an appearance. “Rathore is unwell and thus is unable to appear,” his advocate Ajit Kumar said.
Rathore has not only appealed for setting aside the orders of Special CBI Magistrate JS Sidhu convicting and sentencing him to six months’ imprisonment for molesting Ruchika, but also sought suspension of the sentence along with bail.
Legal luminaries maintained that Rathore’s personal appearance was required for the court to take up his bail plea.
Rathore challenged his conviction saying it was “contrary to law” and the “findings of the trial court are perverse and against evidence”. “The trial court failed to take note of the defence case and examine it,” the appeal said.