In Ruchika molestation case, Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted adequate time to the defence counsel to argue his pleas seeking anticipatory bail in two fresh FIRs against Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore.
Earlier, a Panchkula session court had denied Rathore anticipatory bail in the case.
Defence counsel Abha Rathore submitted before the court that she needed sufficient time to present her case and that the matter could not be wound up in a short duration.
“I require time at length to argue my case,” Abha submitted before Justice Sabina when the 67-year-old former IPS officer’s case came up for hearing.
Justice Sabina granted her plea and posted the petition for hearing later in the day.
Rathore was not in the court. Pankaj Bhardwaj, the lawyer for Ruchika’s family, and Manish Chaudhary, SP Panchkula, were seated in the court room.
The two fresh FIRs, registered on the basis of complaints by Ruchika’s father S C Girhotra and brother Ashu, accuse Rathore of committing serious offences including attempt to murder, wrongful confinement, giving false evidence and doctoring the post-mortem report of the girl, who committed suicide 3 years after being molested by the former IPS officer on August 12, 1990.