Sonepat sisters: Girls' counsel alleges bias in investigation
The counsel of Sonepat sisters Pooja and Aarti, who had thrashed three boys on board a moving bus alleging molestation near Rohtak last year, has raised questions over the chargesheet filed by the Rohtak police in the district court and accused the police of being 'biased' and working under political pressure.
According to sources, the Rohtak police recently filed the chargesheet, along with the report of the lie-detector test conducted on the girls, in which the police have reportedly tried to prove that the allegations of eve-teasing and molestation levelled by the sisters against three accused -- Kuldeep, Mohit and Dipak -- are false.
Rohtak SP Shashank Anand could not be contacted for his comment despite repeated attempts and Sadar police station incharge Umedh Singh refused to comment, saying that he is not authorised to speak.
Rohtak police PRO Sunny said, "Yes, the chargesheet has been filed by the Rohtak police in the case, along with the report of the polygraphic test and the investigation report".
Asked how Rohtak police have filed the chargesheet as the case had been handed over to the state crime branch, a senior officer of the Rohtak police said that the local police, which registered the case, could file the chargesheet.
Sources said the police had submitted a 200-page chargesheet in the case, which included the statements of 50 witnesses. They said that in the chargesheet, the police had reportedly tried to prove that there was no eve-teasing but the scuffle took place over an unoccupied seat in the bus.
They said the woman, who had captured the video in the moving bus, has also denied the incident of eve-teasing in the bus, as per the chargesheet.
Attar Singh Panwar, counsel for the sisters, said, "Though I have not seen the chargesheet yet, I have heard that the police have tried to favour the boys in the lie-detector test".
He said, "The report of the lie detector test might be fabricated as the police was working under political pressure. The case should now be handed over to the CBI to bring out the truth".
When contacted, Rajesh Kumar, father of Aarti and Pooja, said, "I will wait for the court's decision, but continue my battle till I get justice for my daughters".
However, Sandeep Rahtee, counsel for accused boys said that the police had admitted that the scuffle erupted over a seat and they should have cancelled the FIR against the boys.