Fresh complaint against Rathore

Justice delayed: Registration of case under IPC Sec 306 sought

Fresh complaint against Rathore

A day after his father met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi, Ashu sought registration of a case under Section 306 of the IPC dealing with abetment to suicide against Rathore.

In his complaint, Ashu detailed the persistent harassment of his family by the police, allegedly at the behest of Rathore that led to his sister’s suicide in 1993—three years after she lodged a complaint of molestation against Rathore.

Ashu alleged that his 14-year-old sister was driven to suicide after he suffered “third degree torture” in police custody. “Rathore used to personally supervise it,” Ashu said, adding false cases were foisted on him.

Abha submitted copies of fresh FIRs registered against Rathore to the district sessions court at Panchkula ahead of Friday’s hearing and expected the court to take a decision on her husband’s anticipatory bail plea. The court had declined to give interim bail to Rathore on Wednesday after Abha said that she was yet to get copies of the fresh FIRs.

The FIRs were lodged on a complaint by Ruchika’s father, Subhash Chander Girhotra, and her brother under various sections dealing with attempt to murder, harassment, torture and illegal confinement of Ashu in police custody, besides the fabrication of post-mortem reports of Ruchika.

Anand Parkash, a friend of the Girhotra family, on Thursday said the constitution of a special investigation team to inquire into the fresh FIRs against Rathore was a “meaningless exercise” as it would only delay action against him.

PC unhappy with probe

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said he was “very unhappy” with the way the Ruchika molestation case was being handled, reports DHNS from New Delhi. Asked why the Centre took 19 years to divest Rathore of the President’s medal, he said the award was recommended by the state government.

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