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The brutalization of the Girhotras

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Brutalization: the activity of treating someone savagely or viciously

Former Haryana DGP S.P.S. Rathore and his advocate wife Abha Rathore coming out of special CBI court on Monday.

Former Haryana DGP S.P.S. Rathore and his advocate wife Abha Rathore coming out of special CBI court on Monday, Dec 21, 2009.

Telegraph gives the time line of the infamous case of S. P. S. Rathore and Ruchika Girhotra:

Ruchika Girhotra had accused [former Haryana police chief S.P.S. Rathore] of molesting her on August 12, 1990, when he was an inspector-general and also president of the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association. She drank poison in December [28] 1993, apparently unable to bear the harassment of her family following her complaint.

An internal inquiry had indicted Rathore but no action was taken against him. In 1994, he was appointed director-general of police.

Madhu [mother of Ruchika’s friend Anuradha, lone eyewitness to the molestation] and husband Anand Prakash filed a case in Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1997 after the police told them there was a prima facie case. The court ordered a CBI inquiry in 1998, and the agency filed the chargesheet in a CBI court in 2000.

“Ruchika committed suicide because Rathore had been harassing her family to withdraw the complaint. Several cases of car thefts were slapped on her brother. She was expelled from her school for ‘indiscipline’,” a friend of the Girhotras said. The family moved out of Haryana long ago, apparently because of the harassment.

Ruchika was to travel to Canada for a few months and had told Rathore about it. On August 11, 1990, Rathore visited the Girhotra home to persuade her father not to interrupt Ruchika’s training by sending her abroad. He promised to arrange special coaching for her.

While the two girls were at the nets the next day, a ballboy told them Rathore had sent for Ruchika. When they met him together, according to the CBI, Rathore told Anuradha to go and call the coach.

Returning without being able to find the coach, Anuradha allegedly saw Ruchika struggling to free herself from Rathore’s clutches.

On August 14, Rathore summoned Ruchika again. The girls did not go; instead they decided to tell their parents.

DNA gave further background to the story:

The molestation came to light after Anand Parkash, father of Ruchika’s friend Reemu, who was the lone eyewitness to the crime committed in Rathore’s office-cum-residence in Panchkula, 10 km from Chandigarh, lodged a police complaint.

The CBI took over the case in 1998 following the Haryana government’s inaction on an official report indicting Rathore. It filed a charge sheet two years later in the Ambala court. The case was subsequently transferred to the CBI special court in Patiala and later to Chandigarh.

During the pendency of the case, Rathore was promoted by successive governments in Haryana till he became DGP in 1994. He retired in 2002 without being punished by the state government.

Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala

Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala

HT reported:

Once a powerful officer who enjoyed patronage of four Haryana chief ministers – Hukam Singh (Lok Dal, 1990-91), Bhajan Lal (Congress, 1991-96), Bansi Lal (Haryana Vikas Party, with BJP support – 1996-98) and Om Prakash Chautala (Indian National Lok Dal, 1999-2005), Rathore had retired in March 2002.

Fellow officers and friends in the Haryana government and police now shy away when asked to comment about Rathore.

“I found him prima facie guilty for the molestation incident in the report submitted to higher authorities in 1990. No action was taken against him,” said former Haryana DGP R.R. Singh, under whom Rathore was an inspector general of police. Singh had probed the Ruchika molestation case.

Rathore, misusing his official position, had harassed Ruchika’s family and got 11 cases of car thefts slapped on her teenaged brother, Ashu, to pressure the family to withdraw the molestation case against him. Ruchika was expelled from her school, Sacred Heart convent in Chandigarh, apparently at Rathore’s behest.

Ruchika, unable to cope with the pressure and constant harassment, consumed poison on the 28th of December, 1993, three years after the molestation incident. She died a day later. Tuesday was her 16th death anniversary.

TOI reports that there was an immediate departmental inquiry:

Former Haryana director general of police (DGP) R.R. Singh Tuesday offered to be a witness against disgraced police officer and teenaged girl Ruchika Girhotra’s molestor, SPS Rathore.

Singh, who lives in [Karnal], 130 km from Chandigarh, after retirement, said: “I am willing to be a witness against Rathore in any court that takes up the matter against him. My sympathies are with the Girhotra family.”

Singh was Haryana’s DGP when Rathore, who was an inspector general of police then, molested Ruchika at his under-construction house in Panchkula near Chandigarh, Aug 12, 1990.

Following directions from the Haryana government, which had received a molestation complaint against Rathore, Singh was asked to probe the matter.

In his report to the state government, submitted Sep 3, 1990, Singh had held Rathore prima facie guilty of Ruchika’s molestation. He had recommended that a case be registered against Rathore and appropriate administrative action also be initiated.

However, the then home minister Sampat Singh, who is now a Congress legislator, and chief minister Hukum Singh (Lok Dal party) did not take any action against Rathore.

A PIL was filed against the school which expelled Ruchika, according to this report in CNN-IBN:

Punjab and Haryana High Court lawyer Ranjan Lakhanpal on Tuesday filed a public interest litigation against Ruchika’s Girhotra’s school for expelling her on flimsy grounds.

The PIL has been filed to investigate the school’s alleged role in driving Ruchika’s to commit suicide following her molestation by former Haryana director general of police SPS Rathore.

The PIL also says Rathore should be tried for abetment to suicide under Section 305 of the Indian Penal Code.

Lakhanpal said that the PIL would be heard on January 6.

An enquiry has been ordered on Ruchika’s expulsion from school, reports CNN-IBN:

Chandigarh Home Secretary Ram Niwas has ordered an enquiry against Sacred Heart School where Ruchika Girhotra studied.

The school has been asked to explain the reasons behind Ruchika’s expulsion.

“On the complaint of Madhu Prakash (Ruchika’s friend Aradhana’s mother) we ordered enquiry on Monday. SDM Prernapuri will conduct the enquiry. One of them was whether any showcause notice was issued to Ruchika before expelling her. Any material evidence will be made public and action will be intiated. I think a week’s period will be sufficient to find out details,” Niwas told CNN-IBN.

After the 14-year-old was allegedly molested by former DGP SPS Rathore, the school authorities expelled her saying she hadn’t paid her fees.

However, her father rubbishes these claims and alleges that Rathore used his power to get her expelled.

S.P.S. Rathore with his counsel outside court

S.P.S. Rathore with his counsel outside court

TOI documents allegations of Rathore’s involvement in a cover up:

Convicted former top cop S P S Rathore used to personally supervise interrogation of Ashu, brother of Ruchika, during his detention under false cases. It was Ashu’s statement before the division bench of Punjab and Haryana high court in December 2001 that the matter came up through a suo motu notice. The instances of harassment and humiliation faced by Ruchika’s family, which led her to commit suicide, were narrated by Ashu before the HC.

Ashu alleged in the court that Rathore had gone to the extent of doctoring the report mentioning the cause of Ruchika’s death. Using his strong influence in the police, he projected that the cause of her death was consumption of slimming pills. However, the doctors’ report clearly said she had died after consuming a chloro-compound, used for insecticides.

IE has one of the few reports which asks what will happen to those who allegedly filed false reports involving Ruchika’s brother in cases of theft:

All the false cases against Ashu, brother of Ruchika Girhotra, were registered at the behest of the then Ambala Superintendent of Police (SP) K P Singh, who is currently IG (training) with the Haryana Police Academy, but no action has been initiated against him even after the courts threw out the cases saying there was not an iota of evidence against Ashu’s involvement in any of the car theft cases.

This is the contention of Subhash Girhotra, Ruchika’s father, and Anand Prakash, who had taken up the cudgels against convicted former DGP SPS Rathore and tormentors of Ashu, when they spoke to The Indian Express in an exclusive interview.

The Rathores leaving court after the sentencing

The Rathores leaving court after the sentencing

DNA reports on irregularities in Ruchika’s inquest report:

Mystery woman Veena, who disappeared after deposing in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, continues to baffle investigators.

Veena signed the inquest report on 14-year-old Ruchika’s alleged suicide posing as her mother and wife of Subhash Girhotra. She told police that the teen did not commit suicide, contrary to the post-mortem report, but died of an overdose of slimming pills she had been taking for long.

Her statement helped absolve the molester, former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, of the charge of abetment to suicide.

Subhash Girhotra, however, said Veena was not his wife but a governess. He said he lost his wife way back in 1986.

“She [Veena] disappeared after I sold my house in Panchkula to escape the torture and harassment inflicted by Rathore,” Subhash said.

But Rathore’s lawyer insisted Veena was Ruchika’s stepmother and that Subhash had stated on oath before the Patiala district and sessions judge that she was his wife. He said even Ashu, Ruchika’s brother, had admitted during cross-examination that Veena was his stepmother.

Meanwhile, Pankaj Bhardwaj, counsel for Anand and Madhu Prakash, who have been fighting for justice to Ruchika, has demanded a fresh investigation into the role of Veena.

Bhardwaj claimed the inquest proceedings were doctored. He said police, acting at the instance of Rathore, were so desperate to doctor the inquest report that they did not even bother to register accurate names of the deceased and her father.

While Ruchika was shown as Ruby, the name of her father was mentioned as SC Khatri, Bhardwaj said.

Rathore’s medals will go reports ET about a move made one week after the media storm broke:

Disgraced ex-DGP of Haryana S P S Rathore is almost certain to lose his police medal over bringing “the force into disrepute” by not
only molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra but also misusing his position to harass her family, which allegedly drove her to suicide.

“The item has been listed in the agenda of the meeting of the award committee on January 4. A decision will be taken (on stripping Rathore of his medal) and the recommendation forwarded to the President for action,” a senior MHA official told ET.

On whether the rules relating to police medal for meritorious service and President’s police medal for distinguished service would be revisited to make it mandatory for the medals to be forfeited in case of conviction of the recipient in a criminal case, the official said the rules were already in place, though there was scope to make them more unambiguous. “But the immediate agenda now is to revisit Rathore’s police medal in view of his conviction,” the official noted.

Meanwhile, the Centre has already initiated the process of reducing the disgraced cop’s pension benefits. Apart from serving a show-cause notice in this regard, the MHA will also be writing to the UPSC seeking its views on the matter.

S. P. S. Rathore outside a court

S. P. S. Rathore outside a court

TOI in this report raises the question whether the CBI was acting in public interest:

It was CBI that dumped the abetment-to-suicide case against former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore in the Ruchika molestation case as the agency told the trial court of special judicial magistrate J S Dhanjal in 2001 in Ambala that no such offence was made out against Rathore.

The investigating officer in the case was DIG Rajesh Ranjan, originally deputed with Delhi CBI office. He had examined all witnesses related to the case and had recommended molestation charges against Rathore. But he concluded in his report that no case of abetment to suicide could be made out against Rathore. The report had all the ingredients to nail Rathore.

“We were surprised when he filed the chargesheet exonerating Rathore from the charges under Section 306,” Anand said. Rajesh Ranjan, who is at present serving as IG with Bihar police, could not be contacted for comment.

IE reports an allegation that Rathore tried to influence the CBI:

R M Singh, who was CBI Joint Director in 1998 and retired in 2001, told The Indian Express: “He (Rathore) came to my room (at the CBI office in the CGO complex in New Delhi) several times during 1998 and asked me to make a report in his favour. He wanted to be cleared of all charges.”

When contacted, Rathore declined comment on Singh’s remarks. He said he and his wife, who is also his counsel in the case, had decided not to speak to the media.

Singh claimed Rathore had learnt that he was constructing a house in Gurgaon. “He offered to help me with construction of my house. He used to say why don’t you tell me, I will get you building material and other things,” Singh alleged.

The Chandigarh Tribune notices courts acting at cross purposes:

Taking suo moto notice of a Tribune report on how Ruchika’s brother Ashu was harassed and implicated in false cases by the Ambala police, Mr Justice Mehtab Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered the then District and Sessions Judge, Patiala, S.N. Aggarwal (who was later elevated to the Bench) to conduct an inquiry into the allegations.

After recording statements of all witnesses, who were duly cross-examined by a leading criminal lawyer Ajay Jain on behalf of Rathore, Aggarwal submitted his report in a sealed cover to the High Court.

But before the report could become public, the Supreme Court accepted a plea of Rathore and quashed the High Court order asking Aggarwal to enquire into the harassment of Ashu. The Aggarwal report remains wrapped in the sealed cover till date.

Those who are now demanding an inquiry into the harassment of Ashu and action against those policemen, who implicated him in false cases, should move the apex court urging it to review its decision of quashing the order of Mr Justice Gill.

Similarly, the CBI judge at Ambala Jagdev Singh Dhanjal had added Section 306, IPC (abetment to suicide) against Rathore, even though the CBI had not pressed this charge against the former DGP in its challan.

However, the High Court quashed the trial court’s order and, hence, Rathore was tried only on the charge of molestation (Section 354, IPC).

S. P. S. Rathore leaving court after his sentencing

S. P. S. Rathore leaving court after his sentencing

The story that one sees unfolding in the press is one of a complete subversion of the system of justice by a criminal inside the police force. Will this be investigated in full? It seems now that Rathore will have to face up to some of his acts more fully. The school that punished the victim will be probed, though one doubts that any action against them is feasible. No one is talking about a more thorough investigation, one that looks at every aspect reported in the media: the neglect of the internal report by the home ministry, the filing of false charges and subsequent torture of the brother, the abetment to suicide and the subsequent irregularities in the inquest report, the actions of various courts and the CBI, the awarding of medals to Rathore, and the seemingly trivial punishment for molestation.

Is there a power elite which protects its own and has no compunction about breaking laws and lives in order to do so? The smirk on Mr. Rathore’s face seems to say that he believes it.

Jan 1, 2010

HT reported:

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was on Friday apprised of developments in the Ruchika molestation case by Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath.

Tirath, who had gone to meet Singh to wish him on New Year, told Singh that she was waiting for the report of the National Commission for Women in the matter and would afterwards take up the issues of fast-track courts for women and gender sensitisation with Law Minister Veerappa Moily.

She told him about the various sections under which the NCW has asked former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore to be tried, Ministry sources told PTI.

Times Now carried this strange news:

Disgraced former DGP SPS Rathore did not just secure interim bail Friday (January 1) – his counsel managed to turn things around entirely and put the onus of proving the charges on Ruchika’s family.

One thought that charges always have to be proved by the plaintiff. A complaint does not automatically lead to sentencing. By writing this kind of nonsense, Times Now places itself solidly, if one may use that word, as a channel full of hot air and no content.

The real core of the news was reported byIE :

The Sessions Court today granted interim anticipatory bail until January 7 to ex-Haryana DGP SPS Rathore in two fresh cases registered against him by Ruchika’s father and brother.

The court instructed Rathore not to leave the country and to make himself available for interrogation if required by the police. The state has been asked to submit its reply by January 6. Rathore was not present in the court for the hearing. In case the police arrest him, he will get bail by furnishing a surety bond of Rs 1 lakh for each case.

The orders were announced by District and Sessions Judge S P Singh after hearing the arguments of Rathore’s wife and counsel Abha Rathore. Pankaj Bhardwaj, advocate for Ruchika’s family, was also present in the court.

The judge declined to hear his arguments asking him to appear only when given a notice.

HT carried a separate report on legal amendments:

As a fallout of the Ruchika molestation case, trials in all sexual offences, including rape, will now be completed within two months as far as possible and all victims will have the right to appeal against a court order, under new amendments to CrPC.

The amendments which came into effect on Thursday would come as a big relief to complainants as till now only the state could file an appeal against an order.

It also stipulates that the trial of an offence under Sections 376 (rape) to 376D IPC (entire section deals with sexual offences) shall, as far as possible, be completed within two months.

The amendment also incorporates a new Section 357A obliging every state government to prepare a scheme for providing funds for compensating the victim of a crime or his dependents besides providing for execution of bond by a person seeking bail pending an appeal.

Jan 5, 2010

IE reports:

After the Centre’s decision to strip former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore of his medals, human rights activists in the city have demanded that the medal awarded to former Punjab DGP K P S Gill also be withdrawn.

Jan 6, 2010

IE writes:

Even as the Haryana Police on Tuesday slapped abetment to suicide charge on former DGP S P S Rathore, legal experts as well as the Law Ministry officials were united in their opinion that the FIR could yield nothing substantial. “How can it be done? The police should have known that the charge under Section 306 — abetment to suicide — was dropped against Rathore on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Subsequently, the Supreme Court too upheld this order. The Haryana Police action of registering a fresh FIR against him for the same offence seems to be without any legal basis,” said a senior Law Ministry official.

TOI reports a new development:

Rogue cop S P S Rathore got another jolt on Tuesday when the government issued him a notice asking why his pension should not be stopped following his conviction in the Ruchika molestation case. Rathore has been asked to reply within 15 days.

“Rathore is hereby given an opportunity of making a representation on the proposed penalty. Such a representation should be made in writing and submitted through the state authorities to the Union government,” reads the showcause sent by the Union home ministry through the Haryana chief secretary. If no representation is received within 15 days, it would be presumed that Rathore has nothing to say in the matter and further action will follow, the notice says.

Jan 7, 2010

HT reports:

S.C. Girhotra said before the CBI court in Ambala on October 4, 2005: “I married Veena Girhotra in November 1991. This was my second marriage. She used to live with me in Panchkula till June 1995 and then we separated…

“It is incorrect that I lost the confidence of my children after marrying for a second time. It is incorrect to say that Ruchika had become depressed because of the behaviour of the step-mother….”

Girhotra said in a statement on May 29, 2000, before the CBI: “Veena Girhotra was friendly towards Ruchika and it was rather Ruchika who had brought Veena to my house … Veena never gave step-motherly treatment to Ruchika.”

S.C. Girhotra refused to talk.

Anand Prakash, the Girhotras’ family friend, said he was sure that Ruchika’s father did not marry again.

“The statement given before the CBI is inadmissible as it has no signatures of Girhotra. As far as the statement in the CBI court is concerned, only a question regarding his second wife was put to Girhotra,” he said.

Z News reports a different development:

Ruchika Girhotra was wrongly expelled from her school in 1990 and the decision taken by the school principal citing late fees was not only malafide and arbitrary but was made due to influence from outside the school.

Chandigarh Home Secretary Ram Niwas announced that the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Prerna Puri’s enquiry report had concluded that the expulsion of 14 year old Ruchika from her school Sacred Heart Convent was inappropriate.

“There have been 135 similar cases of late fee payment but no one was expelled from the school. Out of the 17 cases of late fee in 1990, at least 8 students paid their fee after Ruchika did but no action was taken against them,” he said.

He pointed out that the defaulters included Haryana ex-DGP SPS Rathore’s daughter Priyanjali had also defaulted the same year but no action was taken against her.

Finding the school guilty, he announced the following action against various individuals and entities:

# Copy of report to be sent to the management of the school for action against Sister Sebastina.
# The state medal given to Sister Sebastina in 2005 to be withdrawn
# CBSE to be sent report for any action against school
# Report to be sent to Superintendent of Police, Panchukla for aid in the case against Rathore

Jan 8, 2010

PTI reports what happened after Rathore was denied bail today:

The special investigation team (SIT), looking into two fresh FIRs filed against former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, today said it will not arrest the disgraced officer at this stage as it would mean pre-empting a possible CBI probe in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.

The SIT’s announcement came hours after a local court dismissed the former IPS officer’s anticipatory bail plea.

Jan 10, 2010

ET reports:

The Haryana Police on Sunday arrested an absconding accused in a 1993 auto theft case in which Ashu, brother of molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra, was falsely implicated.

It was alleged that Ashu was implicated at the behest of former state Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore.

A team of Haryana Police assisted by their Maharashtra counterparts nabbed Gajinder Singh from Baner Road area. Singh used to run a dhaba in this area. Singh, a proclaimed offender had been absconding since 1997.

Jan 12, 2010

India Today reports:

Sister Sebastina returned the honour after the Chandigarh administration directed that she be stripped of her award for her role in the expulsion of Ruchika from school following her molestation by former Haryana DGP S.P.S. Rathore.

The award was conferred in 1985 for Sister Sebastina’s meritorious contribution to education in Chandigarh. An official in Chandigarh’s education department said a school representative returned the award on Monday evening.

A magisterial probe into Ruchika’s expulsion from school had found Sister Sebastina guilty of arbitrarily expelling her. The probe report said the school’s decision to expel Ruchika was taken in an arbitrary, selective and biased manner.

Jan 13, 2010

IE carries a good piece of investigative journalism:

The Union Territory Administration, during the magisterial inquiry conducted by SDM Prerna Puri last week into Ruchika’s expulsion, asked Rathore: “Did you submit a representation to the CBI/ Haryana Government in the year 1990 or any time thereafter mentioning the expulsion of Ruchika Girhotra from Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, Chandigarh?”

His signed reply said: “I don’t remember about it since it is a 19 years old matter. I have carefully checked (the) record connected with the trial, which was going on in Ambala and Patiala. No such letter or representation or document is available with me. Hence denied.”

However, file notings by Sampat Singh on September 27, 1990 reads: “Representation by Mr Rathore alleging (the probe) to be a one-sided enquiry in subjudice matter. The girl was expelled from her school also on moral grounds. Can FIR be lodged or not.”

Ruchika was expelled from the school shortly after the first inquiry against Rathore indicted him and recommended registration of a criminal case against him on charges of molestation and wrongful confinement. It was then that he sent a representation to the Home Minister.

Apr 3, 2010

Chandigarh Tribune reports:

Disgraced Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, recently convicted for molesting Panchkula teenager Ruchika Girhotra, is set to lose the police medal conferred upon him for meritorious service. President Pratibha Patil has given her assent to the Home Ministry reference in this regard.

Rathore (68) had molested budding tennis player and Class X student Ruchika 19 years ago. She had later committed suicide. Rathore was awarded a mild six-month imprisonment, causing tremendous public outrage against him and pressure to strip him of past accolades.

The Home Ministry had earlier served a show-cause notice upon Rathore, asking why his pension and other post-retirement benefits not be reduced.

Nov 10, 2010

NDTV reports:

The CBI today said it had found no evidence to support the allegations made by Ruchika Girhotra’s family against former Haryana Police Chief SPS Rathore, at present serving 18-month jail sentence for molesting the teenager in 1990, and filed a closure report in a court here.

The CBI gave a point-by-point rebuttal to all eight charges made by Ruchika’s father SC Girhotra and four allegations made by her brother Ashu who claimed that he was taken home in a semi-nude condition and that false cases were slapped on him about auto-theft at behest of Rathore.

As the CBI filed the closure report saying the allegations levelled by the duo against Rathore were unfounded and baseless, the court issued notices to Girhotra and Ashu.

Nov 11, 2010

Sify reports:

The Supreme Court Thursday granted bail to former Haryana director general of police S.P.S. Rathore, who is serving an 18-month jail sentence in the 1990 Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.

‘He (Rathore) shall not leave the country without specific permission of the chief judicial magistrate, Chandigarh,’ said an apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan while giving him bail.

The court also recorded the statement of the senior counsel Uday Lalit that the passport of Rathore was deposited with the additional session judge, Chandigarh.

The court also said that at last hearing of the case Oct 27 the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that investigations into three first information reports (FIRs) against Rathore was going on and was not inclined for the grant of bail to Rathore.

On Thursday, the court took note of the CBI submission that in two of the three FIRs the investigating agency had filed a closure report and even in the third FIR it would do so after getting the go-ahead from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

When Additional Solicitor General Harin Rawal said that he would like the court to impose some conditions, Justice Sathasivam said: ‘You could have been justified in asking for the conditionalities if cases were pending. You have already said that cases are closed.’

Dec 20, 2010

IE reports:

The Indian Express has copies of the CBI closure reports. Excerpts:

No policeman was present outside Girhotra’s house and nobody instructed him to take Ruchika to PGI, Chandigarh instead of Command Hospital. Girhotra took Ruchika to Dr V K Noheria’s Nursing Home in Panchkula and on Dr Noheria’s advice to PGI, Chandigarh.

Ruchika was mentioned as Ruby and his own name as Subhash Chand on Girhotra’s directions.

As no police personnel was present at the hospital at the time of death, there was no reason for Girhotra to beg for the dead body. No panchnama was forged.

Dec 21, 2010

TOI reports:

Raising a huge question over Central Bureau of Investigation’s credibility, the key witness in the Ruchika Girhotra case on Tuesday claimed that the central investigation agency had altered his statement in the closure report.

The key witness Vijay Dheer, who resided in the house opposite to Ruchika Girhotra in Sector 6, Panchkula, said that the CBI had lied and distorted his statement he gave to the premier investigation agency in February this year.

Vijay Dheer said that he had told the CBI that Ruchika’s brother Ashu was handcuffed and paraded semi-naked in the locality on December 25, 1993 and brutally beaten up by the Haryana cops. Dheer said that he was an eyewitness and recorded the same with the CBI.

But the CBI in the closure report stated, “The shop keepers of Sector 6 market, Panchkula have stated that they neither heard nor saw Ashu being paraded by the police in half naked condition with hand cuffs in December 1993. The neighbours of SC Girhotra in his lane at Sector 6, Panchkula also denied having seen parading of Ashu on December 25, 1993.”

Among the list of 76 witnesses, the CBI has listed Vijay Dheer at No. 71.

In various aspects of the case, courts continue to find evidence for a massive manipulation of the machinery of justice, as IE reports:

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today questioned how SPS Rathore was promoted to the top rank of the director general of police despite the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case pending against him.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal and Ranjan Gogoi while seeking details from the Haryana government in this regard fixed January 28 as the next date of hearing.

3 June, 2012

TOI reported:

The family of teenaged tennis player Ruchika Girhotra, driven to suicide three years after ex-Haryana police chief SPS Rathore molested her in 1990, has given up on its fight for justice after a court accepted CBI’s closure report on two cases against the former cop on Friday.

Ruchika’s father, Subash Girhotra, said the family presented a lot of material related to these cases — attempt to murder and forgery — but the CBI “seemed to be adamant on closure”. Another case involving abetment to suicide is pending before the Punjab and Haryana high court. Girhotra said the family had mustered courage and filed fresh complaints against Rathore after he was, in December 2009, convicted of molesting the 14-year-old. He said he thought the system had changed. “But now it seems that neither has the system changed nor it can be changed. So we decided not to pursue the case.”


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  1. Along with Rathore, a high ranking ex police official, any proble in Ruchika Girhotra’s case msut include the role of Sacred Heart Convent School.Ruchika was compelled to leave the school within a month of the icidencnt. Why the principal approach the Edu Dept. Did they do any counselling tothe victim child.
    JG Anthony

    JG Anthony

    January 2, 2010 at 6:26 am

  2. […] country. This would make sense if the police themselves were not criminals so often [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] […]

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