Rathore Denied Bail in Ruchika Case, Next Hearing on Jan 18

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has not permitted interim bail to former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore in two fresh FIRs filed against him in Ruchika molestation case and has slated the hearing of anticipatory bail for January 18, said reports.

On a plea moved by Rathore for quashing fresh cases against him, the high court asked the CBI to file its response by January 18, reported IANS.

Justice Sabina refused Rathore interim bail against arrest till the next hearing. A CBI court convicted Rathore last month for molesting Ruchika.

This means that the CBI, which has taken over the case involving Rathore and re-registered three fresh first information reports (FIRs) against him on Monday evening, can any time arrest the former Haryana director general of police (DGP).

CBI advocate argued that it was only on Monday that the CBI took over the case and needed to study the material before stating its opposition to Rathore’s plea for anticipatory bail and quashing of new FIRs, said report.

Defence counsel Abha Rathore had sought anticipatory bail for Rathore and quashing of the three fresh FIRs, citing that these had been registered due to media pressure.

Meanwhile, the district and sessions court in Chandigarh on Tuesday also admitted Rathore’s appeal against his conviction by a CBI special court here on Dec 21 in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.

The case will now be heard on Wednesday as Rathore did not appear before the court Tuesday, saying he was not well.

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