The father of Ruchika on Tuesday welcomed the slapping of fresh abetment to suicide charge on former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore as a "step in the right direction" and thanked Home Minister P Chidambaram for "taking corrective measures" in the case.
Subhash Chander Girhotra, however, rued that despite revival of the charge under section 306 of the IPC, the disgraced former top cop was yet to be taken into custody, saying he felt the Haryana Police was still not serious in arresting him.
"We are happy, this is the first step in the right direction," he said reacting to the filing of the third fresh FIR against Rathore on complaint of Ruchika's brother Ashu.
Girhotra said the family was "specially thankful" to Home Minister Chidambaram for taking "corrective measures" pertaining to the case.
"If such a person was the Home Minister then, my daughter would have been alive today," he told reporters here.
On whether he was hopeful that Rathore would now be arrested, he said "I hope so, this should follow, he is a menace to the society."
"If such a charge (abetment to suicide) was filed against a common person, he would have been immediately arrested. I don't think the Haryana Police is serious to arrest him".