Some charges added at a later stage: Rathore`s counsel
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 00:06
Chandigarh: Disgraced former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore's counsel wife Abha today claimed before a court that some of the charges made by the prosecution against him in the Ruchika molestation case were added at a later stage "to strengthen the case".

During the day-to-day hearing before Justice Jitendra Chauhan today, Rathore's wife-cum-counsel Abha Rathore said the prosecution's version of Rathore holding Ruchika's hand before slipping his arm around her waist was added at a later stage.

She told the bench that the part was introduced "just to make the case stronger" and claimed that the statements given by Aradhana, the victim's friend and prime witness in the case, were nothing more than a "hearsay."

"Aradhana had deposed that she was told about the molestation incident by Ruchika. Was this statement made at all? Where was it made"," she told the court.

Justice Jitendra Chauhan observed that Aradhana and Ruchika's statements should not be examined too deeply as the two were just minors at the time of the incident.

"Persons you are dealing with are children of tender age, not aware that they would have to stand in the court at a later stage", the judge observed. However he added that there were consistency in their statements.

Abha had on May 26 filed a revision petition in the High Court for suspension of sentence and grant of bail to Rathore, a day after the session's court awarded him 18-month jail term for molesting budding tennis player Ruchika Girhotra.

68-year-old Rathore has been lodged in the high security Burail jail since May 25.

Ruchika had committed suicide three years after being molested by Rathore on August 12, 1990.


First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010, 00:06

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