Ruchikas family demands fresh FIRs

Written by Press Trust of India | Panchkula | Updated: Dec 30 2009, 05:55am hrs
The father and brother of Ruchika Girhotra, who was molested by former DGP of Haryana SPS Rathore, on Tuesday demanded registration of fresh FIRs against him and others in connection with the post-mortem.

Subash Chander Girhotra and Ashu Girhotra, father and brother of Ruchika, submitted their complaints to Panchkula SP, Maneesh Chaudhary.

Chaudhary, however, said the police would have to take legal opinion as it is a 16-17 year-old matter. Only after getting the legal opinion on the two complaints, we would be in a position to detail the future course of action.

There is a clause in the CrPC regarding limitation (on entertaining complaints after some period) wherein complaints can not be taken up after some time, he said, adding that the limitation clause in the CrPC had to be considered.

Rathore, a 1995 batch IPS officer of Haryana, who retired in 2002, was awarded a six-month jail term by a CBI court here last week for molesting Ruchika, a young tennis player in 1990 when he was an IGP. Ruchika consumed poison three years later on December 28, 1993 and died the following day.

Meanwhile, the CBI said it would go in for a review of the entire case including enhancement of punishment for Rathore.

The matter is under examination. All aspects, including the one which has been highlighted by the press after the judgment, are being considered by our legal experts, CBI spokesperson Harsh Bahl said here. The spokesperson said that a final view, if any, would be taken in consultation with law and home ministries.