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Initial memorandum not signed by Ruchika's father: counsel

india Updated: Jul 06, 2010 21:42 IST
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SPS Rathore's counsel wife Abha, who has challenged his conviction in Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, today told the court that the deceased's father had not signed a memorandum filed against the former Haryana DGP in 1990 when he was accused of molesting the girl.

As the day-to-day hearing on the revision petition resumed today in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Abha contended that the draft memorandum against Rathore was prepared at the house of Anand Parkash, father of Ruchika's friend Aradhana.

"SC Girhotra, Ruchika's father did not sign the memorandum in 1990 which shows that he was not part of the conspiracy," she submitted before the court.

68-year-old Rathore is lodged in high security Burail jail since May 25 after being sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika on August 12, 1990. Rathore was then the president of Haryana Lawn Tennis Association in Panchkula.

Ruchika, a budding tennis player, committed suicide three years after the incident.

Abha contended that then DIG C P Bansal and then DSP Shyam Lal had accompanied a crowd to the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA), headed by Rathore in 1990's, on August 18, 1990 to meet Rathore on suspension of Ruchika.

"Instead of taking the alleged victim (Ruchika) to the police station, the senior police officers hatched a conspiracy with Anand Parkash and his relatives," she claimed.

She told the court that Anand Parkash went to the houses of senior police officers in connection with the alleged crime instead of visiting police station.

Abha, assisted by her lawyer daughter Priyanjali, alleged that the signature of Ruchika in the memorandum was forged and that no efforts were made by prosecution to produce secondary evidence.