Rathore denied anticipatory bail

Rathore denied anticipatory bail


Former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore coming out of the session court in Panchkula on Wednesday. PTI

A sombre-looking Rathore, accompanied by his counsel wife, Abha, appeared in public for the first time after his conviction in the Ruchika molestation case on December 21 as he came to court to seek anticipatory bail. He gave a blank look to hordes of reporters who prodded him with questions.

Abha submitted before District and Sessions Judge S P Singh that “fabricated, twisted and forged” facts were being presented by the family of Ruchika Girhotra in connection with the case, in which the former IPS officer had got six months of imprisonment.
In a 40-page petition, she alleged that her husband was facing “nothing but a trial by the media” and sought protection of the court.

Commencing the arguments, Abha said it was an 18 to 19-year-old case, and that “Ashu (Ruchika’s brother) all these years never raised the charge of 307 IPC (attempt to murder) in any court.

“All this is being done due to media pressure and media hype. The trial is being conducted by the media. Mob rule is having its day,” she told the court.
After hearing the arguments, the judge first adjourned the proceedings, saying he would have to go through the details and later issued notice to the state for a reply on January 1.

The Union Home and Law Ministries are also considering appealing against the trial court’s verdict in the case to seek enhanced punishment for Rathore.
During the proceedings on the anticipatory bail plea, the sessions judge directed Rathore to present all documents on January 1.

Abha had contended that she was yet to receive copies of the fresh FIRs filed by the Haryana police on Tuesday against Rathore, adding that she came to know about the development only through the media.

Meanwhile, Haryana DGP Ranjiv Dalal said the police would hold prompt investigations into the fresh cases against the former top cop.

Maneesh Chaudhry, SSP, Panchkula, said the police were collecting evidence on fresh charges against Rathore.

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