New Delhi: The CBI has refused to make
public the details of recommendations made by its former
Joint Director R M Singh in Ruchika Girhotra molestation case
citing exemption clauses of the Right to Information Act.
Singh had alleged that former DGP S P S Rathore,
convicted for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika, managed to get
the charge of abetment of suicide dropped from the chargesheet
besides making attempts to bribe officers handling the probe.
Replying to an RTI application filed by Abhishek Shukla,
the agency said "CBI has recently registered three cases 1, 2
and 3(S)/2010. The investigation is under progress. Disclosure
of this process may impede the process of investigation and
apprehension and prosecution of the offenders."
A sessions court in Chandigarh would pronounce its
verdict tomorrow on the appeal of Rathore who was held guilty
in December last year of molesting Ruchika in Panchkula town
in August 1990. She committed suicide three years later.
The court will also decide on CBI`s plea for enhancement
of Rathore`s sentence tomorrow.
The former CBI Joint Director, who was then in-charge of
the probe, had claimed that he had recommended bringing
molestation charges, the charge of abetment to suicide,
forging of document in his report and alleged that Rathore had
made attempts to bribe him to influence his recommendations.
The RTI applicant had demanded from the agency Singh`s
final report and recommendations made by him during the probe
of the molestation case. He also sought to know if Singh had
made recommendations for pressing charges under section 306,
abetment to suicide, to then CBI Director R K Raghvan.
The agency refused to disclose any details about the
investigations of Singh which were carried out nearly 10 years
ago as well as his recommendations.
"Further, disclosure of this information may also
constitute contempt of court since a public interest
litigation is pending before Punjab and Haryana High Court and
appeal preferred by the convict is pending before Sessions
Court at Chandigarh," CBI said in the RTI reply.