HC reserves order on Rathore's bail plea
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday reserved till Thursday its order on a bail petition by former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.india Updated: Jun 02, 2010 17:15 IST
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday reserved till Thursday its order on a bail petition by former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, sentenced to 18 months imprisonment in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.
Vacation judge Justice Ajay Tiwari reserved his order after hearing arguments from CBI counsel Anmol Rattan Sidhu and Ajay Kaushik, Rathore's lawyer-wife Abha and Ruchika's family lawyer Pankaj Bhardwaj for over an hour.
68-year-old Rathore is undergoing the sentence in high security Burail jail after being awarded one-and-a-half years prison term by a local court on May 25 for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika, a budding tennis player, on August 12, 1990.
The local court had enhanced Rathore's six months jail term while allowing the pleas of CBI and the Girhotra family. Ruchika had committed suicide three years after the incident.
The CBI which probed the case has strongly opposed the disgraced DGP's bail plea, saying "he must undergo some part of marginal sentence awarded to him."
As the hearing resumed in a jam-packed court room, Abha Rathore submitted that the lower courts while pronouncing their judgements did not take into consideration the site plan of the purported crime.
"It was improbable and impossible to molest Ruchika as there were 15 persons present on the occasion and even the place was clearly visible as it had glass windows...The complaint had forged signatures of Ruchika done by seven people," she alleged.
She submitted that at least 12 defence witnesses were not examined and the case was a fall out of rivalry between Haryana Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA) headed by Rathore and Haryana Tennis Association.