Witnesses presented by Rathore not trustworthy: Counsel

Witnesses presented by former Haryana top cop S P S Rathore in his favour in the Ruchika molestation case were not trustworthy, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was told Monday.

Chandigarh: Witnesses presented by former
Haryana top cop S P S Rathore in his favour in the Ruchika
molestation case were not trustworthy, the Punjab and Haryana
High Court was told Monday.

As the day-to-day hearing on the revision petition of
Rathore resumed today, complainant Madhu Parkash`s counsel,
Pankaj Bhardwaj detailed out before the court the sequence of
events from August 11, 1990 to August 26, 1990 to prove the
prosecution story against the convicted former DGP.

Bhardwaj contended that the witnesses presented by
Rathore in the case in his favour were either his relatives or
those close to him and they could not be trusted.

The counsel told Justice Jitendra Chauhan that the
witnesses presented by Rathore in the trial court were false
and not trustworthy.

Bhardwaj read out the statement of prime witness
Aradhana, the victim`s friend, in which she had categorically
stated that she saw Rathore molesting her friend.

He submitted that it was at the behest of Rathore a mob
staged protest outside the house of then DGP R R Singh, who
on August 26 ordered a probe following the victim`s complaint.

14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra, a budding tennis player,
had committed suicide three years after the incident on August
12, 1990.

On May 25, a local court had awarded 18-month sentence to
Rathore in the molestation case.

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

PTI

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