Rathore denied anticipatory bail, complains of trial by the media

Written by Political Bureau | Panchkula/Chandigarh | Updated: Jan 1 2010, 03:51am hrs
Rejecting his application for interim anticipatory bail, the local sessions court refused to grant any relief to convicted former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore in the Ruchika molestation case on Wednesday. District Sessions Judge SP Singh, however, set a deadline till January 1, 2010 to Rathore for filing an amended appeal.

In another development, according to orders issued by the director general of police, Haryana, Ranjiv Dalal, a special investigation team (SIT) will investigate the two FIRs registered against Rathore at Panchkula on Tuesday.

While one complaint has been filed by Ruchikas father SC Girhotra; the other complaint has been filed by Ashu, Ruchikas brother, who has leveled an attempt to murder charge against Rathore.

At the beginning of the arguments in court, when Rathores wife and counsel Abha Rathore, demanded protection from the court, the judge said that the court is unable to grant any relief since the petitioner was not even aware of the sections under which he has been booked. Replying to this, Abha said the petitioner got to know about FIRs filed on Tuesday through newspapers.

Abha alleged the media had hyped up a case that was decided long ago. Instead of discharging its duties in a responsible manner, the media has made a propaganda, which, in turn, has abrogated the judicial system, she argued. She said the press was using every means to defeat the cause of justice. There are editors sitting in newsrooms passing judgments on the case, behaving like saviours of law and gaining mileage out of the entire episode, alleged Abha. She said it was mob rule and the FIRs were registered as the media mounted pressure on the police. Without waiting for us to file our appeal against the lower courts judgment convicting Rathore, the deadline for which is January 4, 2010, the media has already started with the trial, she said.

She said the Anand Prakash family was harassing Rathore with the sole aim of humiliating him publicly. Anand Prakash and family are doing this to garner publicity. They have also levelled charges against judges, showing no respect for even the judiciary, Abha said.

Rathore was already absolved of charges under Section 306 by the apex court, said Abha, and the case pertaining to Section 305 had also been decided long ago.

Arguing against the charges levelled by Ashu against Rathore under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC, in the complaint lodged on Tuesday, Abha said the family had not mentioned this in the last 19 years. The Girhotras never appeared for any hearing in any court and now after 19 years, they have accused Rathore of attempt to murder, she said.