A key witness in the Ruchika molestation case on Tuesday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had ignored his testimony against former Haryana police chief SPS Rathore in its closure report.
The agency had recently closed the case for lack of evidence.
Vijay Dheer, a resident Ruchika Girhotra’s locality, told the media that he had testified before the CBI that Ruchika’s brother Ashu was handcuffed and paraded semi-naked in the locality on December 25, 1993.
“I also told the CBI that I had witnessed Ashu being beaten up inhumanly by Haryana cops,” said Dheer.
However, the CBI in its closure report submitted last month had reportedly stated that no neighbour in the vicinity had testified before it that Ashu was harassed by the police or paraded naked.
A tennis player, 14-year-old Ruchika was molested by Haryana ex-DGP SPS Rathore on August 12, 1990. She committed suicide three years later.
Ruchika’s father SC Girhotra, said he was disappointed at the CBI conclusion to close the case and that “its investigation turned out to be as an attempt to give provide relief to Rathore”.
The CBI has closed two cases against Rathore — on his alleged doctoring of post-mortem report filed by Ruchika’s father and a torture case filed by Ashu.
The probe in the third case of abetment to suicide is still pending.
Meanwhile, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday questioned the Haryana government on how it had promoted Rathore to the rank of director general of police when the allegations levelled against him for molesting Ruchika were pending.
The court has asked the Haryana government to furnish details in this regard within four weeks.