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HC begins day-to-day hearing in Rathore case

Day-to-day hearing on a revision petition of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore challenging his 18-month prison term for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra began today in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.



Chandigarh: Day-to-day hearing on a revision
petition of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore challenging his
18-month prison term for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika
Girhotra began today in the Punjab and Haryana High Court with
his lawyer wife attempting to pick holes in the CBI case.

The hearing in the revision petition of 68-year-old
Rathore, lodged in high security Burail jail since May 25,
commenced in the Court of Justice Jitendra Chauhan.

The High Court, which yesterday decided to conduct
hearing in the case on day-to-day basis, heard arguments of
Rathore`s counsel wife Abha for about an hour before
adjourning it till Monday.

Abha said as per the evidence available, it was not
possible for Rathore to have carried out the act of
molestation, and termed it a "cooked up" story.

She further said that there was a mock enactment of the
act by the CBI, which had been videographed, but had not been
produced so far, "and therefore, adverse inference has to be
drawn".

Neither the trial court nor the appellate court had taken
into consideration the defence plea that nobody had examined
the site of the incident, she contended.

"I will address the core issue which is improbability of
the allegations (of molestation)," Abha said giving a detailed
account of the site where the incident took place.

She pointed out that the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association
site in Panchkula, of which Rathore was the President in 1990,
was a site under construction, with 15-16 labourers working
around. A security guard was also present in the former cop`s
office besides a chowkidar closeby, she claimed, showing the
site map to the Court.

"Any sane man with average intelligence will never ever
try to molest a girl, who is his daughter`s age, with a
(tennis) coach expected to arrive at the spot any moment since
he is standing just 88 feet away, with labourers working, with
glass windows and gallery of the site open," she argued.

Abha said that Rathore had sent Aradhna, the sole witness
in the molestation incident, to call the coach who was
standing nearby.

"He (Rathore) was not aware where the (tennis) coach was
standing. He could have been just behind him....under such
circumstances, how could any sane man think of such an act
(molesting a young girl)," Abha said arguing before the Court.

"No normal man will ever think of indulging in any act of
molestation," she said, adding "probability is the biggest
factor here".

PTI

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