Probe over, CBI to file final report in a few days

After an enhanced punishment by court in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, more trouble seems to be coming up for former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has completed investigations in three fresh FIRs registered early this year, including one of 'abetment to suicide'. CBI sources told The Indian Express that a "final report" is going to be filed within a few days. In the report, likely to be filed by July 15, the CBI will mention details of investigations related to allegations levelled against Rathore and others by Ruchika's father Subhash Chander Girhotra and her brother Ashu.

The sources said among the charges, the CBI had found evidence against Rathore for 'destruction of evidence'. On 'abetment to suicide' allegations, a CBI officer said, "There is no such direct evidence in this regard since Ruchika committed suicide three years after she was molested but we are going to give the details of sequence of events in the final report."

The agency has recorded statements of Ruchika's family her father Subhash, brother Ashu and mother Veena. Subsequently, a CBI team had gone to Shimla where the Girhotra family stayed for some time and spoke to their neighbours. The statements of several state police officers, some of them retired, have also been taken in the fresh cases. The official said one of the most important statements was of Gajender Singh, the alleged kingpin of the inter-state vehicle lifting gang whose statement had led to Ashu's arrest by the Haryana Police.

The three FIRs registered in January this year by CBI have allegations against Rathore, the then Ambala SP K P Singh, S-I Prem Dutt and ASIs Jai Narain and Sewa Singh. While two FIRs include a series of charges, including attempt to murder, wrongful confinement, causing disappearance of evidence and doctoring the post mortem report against the former Haryana top cop, the third is related to Section 306 IPC (abetment to suicide).

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