‘Faster SIT probe’
Ruchika case: Abetment to suicide FIR against Rathore soon
Chandigarh: The noose finally seems to be tightening around former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore as state Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday said that a fresh FIR would be filed soon against the ex-cop under Section 306 of the IPC in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.
Section 306 of IPC (abetment to suicide) has a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison besides fine. Rathore was late last month convicted in the case and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, a verdict which came after 19 years and caused much hue and cry.
The FIR would be filed following the complaint by Ruchika’s brother Ashu Girhotra, who accused Rathore of not only forcing her sister to commit suicide but also torturing him.
"May be today," Hooda told reporters here on the sidelines of a State Congress meeting when asked if the FIR on Ashu's complaint under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment to suicide) against former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore and others would be registered.
"Justice will be done in the case...naturally, they have lodged a complaint and FIR will be registered once the investigations are completed," he said.
"The report from Home Secretary is yet to come. I am waiting for the report from SIT. If the SIT report says CBI should take up the case, then we will look into it. The entire case should be revisited," he added.
When asked if he had talked to Home Minister P Chidambaram with regard to the molestation case, Hooda parried a reply, saying, "We keep talking regularly on various issues".
Hooda had earlier in the day said that a special police team tasked to probe fresh charges against Rathore will complete its work "as early as possible".
"We have full sympathy with the family members of Ruchika. SIT's (Special Investigation Team) report is awaited. We will not spare the guilty," Hooda told reporters here.
The Haryana Police set up the SIT on Wednesday to probe fresh charges hurled at Rathore by Ruchika's brother Ashu, who accused the former police officer of driving his sister to suicide.
Rathore was Haryana's director general of police in 1999-2000.
"We have directed SIT to submit its report as early as possible to ensure speedy delivery of justice," said Hooda.
A Haryana court had yesterday allowed Rathore anticipatory bail till January 7 if he was arrested over the fresh charges.
On December 21, the CBI court in Chandigarh held Rathore guilty of molesting 15-year-old Ruchika on August 12, 1990 and sentenced him to six months' imprisonment. Rathore was immediately granted bail.
Ruchika, a tennis player, committed suicide in 1993 unable to cope with the harassment of her family and alleged torture of her brother by the Haryana Police, which slapped false charges of car theft against him.
(With PTI/IANS inputs)