Enough evidence against Rathore: Counsel

There is enough evidence to prove that former Haryana top cop S P S Rathore, convicted for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, had committed the crime, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was told on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2010, 20:05 PM IST

Chandigarh: There is enough evidence to
prove that former Haryana top cop S P S Rathore, convicted for
molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, had committed the crime,
the Punjab and Haryana High Court was told on Wednesday.

Arguing on the petition filed by the ex-DGP challenging
his conviction, the counsel for complainant in the case said
the testimonies against Rathore could not be denied by him.

Documentary evidence is sufficient to prove that the
former DGP had committed the crime, Pankaj Bhardwaj, counsel
for complainant Madhu Parkash, the mother of prime witness
Aradhana, told Justice Jitendra Chauhan.

He contended the statements given by Ruchika and her
friend Aradhana and the inquiry report of the then DGP R R
Singh are enough to prove that Rathore had committed the
crime.

The counsel said the prosecution story in the case was
flawless.

Earlier, Rathore`s counsel Abha, who is also the wife
of the ex-DGP, contended Madhu Parkash had no local standi to
put her arguments before the court.

However, Bhardwaj argued they were complainant in the
case and it was on their complaint the lower court enhanced
Rathore`s jail term from six to 18 months.

The CBI and Abha had completed their arguments in the
molestation case.

On May 25, a local court had awarded 18-month prison
term to Rathore for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika, a budding
tennis player.

A day later, Rathore, lodged in Burail Jail, filed a
revision petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court
challenging his conviction.

PTI