Chandigarh: It seems the smile on ex Haryana DGP, SPS Rathore’s face is soon to disappear. Two fresh PILs have been filed against him in connection with Ruchika case. While the first PIL seeks action against Rathore for delaying the case, the second filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeks a "fresh case" against him and asks that he be tried for abetment to suicide of a minor.
Senior lawyer and human rights activist Ranjan Lakhanpal, who filed this PIL, said that a fresh case was being sought against Rathore under Section 305 of the Indian Penal Code (abetment of suicide of a minor) as Ruchika Girhotra, whom he was accused of sexually molesting, was a minor when the incident happened.
The matter is likely to be taken up by the high court Jan 6 when it reopens after vacations.
"I have filed the PIL. The hearing will take place on Jan 6. We have sought a fresh case against Rathore under Section 305 of IPC," Lakhanpal said.
Section 305 has harsher punishment, including death penalty or life imprisonment, if the offender abets the suicide of a minor or insane person.
Earlier, lawyers and investigating agencies had sought Section 306 (abetment of suicide) against Rathore.
Incidentally, the PILs have been filed on the 16th death anniversary of Ruchika falling today. A memorial march was taken out by Ruchika`s friend Aradhana, whose family fought her case against Rathore for 19 years. They marched to the house where Ruchika once lived in Sector 6 of Panchkula.
Meanwhile Former CBI joint director R M Singh, who had accused Rathore of bribing and influencing the CBI has said that is ready to lend any support to the case that will bring justice to Ruchika.
Ruchika, a budding tennis player, was molested by Rathore Aug 12, 1990 in Panchkula town in Haryana, 10 km from here, and had committed suicide three years later by consuming poison Dec 28. She died the next day.
A special CBI court in Chandigarh had held Rathore guilty last week for molesting Ruchika in Panchkula town Aug 12, 1990 and sentenced him to a six-month prison term. However, Rathore was immediately released on bail.