Prosecution failed to hear certain witnesses: Abha Rathore


SPS Rathore's lawyer wife Abha, who has challenged his conviction in Ruchika molestation case, on Wednesday told the court that the prosecution had failed to hear certain key witnesses present at the scene of the alleged crime who could have unravelled the entire truth.

As the day-to-day hearing on the revision petition filed by Rathore resumed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court here, Abha submitted that certain witnesses, including ball picker Paltoo, coach Thomas and chowkidar Pyare Lal, present on the day of alleged crime, were not heard by the prosecution in the case.

"The prosecution story revolves around only two girls - Aradhana (friend of Ruchika and daughter of complainant Madhu) and deceased Ruchika whereas other witnesses who were present at the site on August 12, 1990 were not brought by the prosecution," she contended while trying to pick up holes in the probe story.

Even the gunman attached to Rathore at that time was not heard by the prosecution, she submitted while asserting that "the story of prosecution is not proved by the chain of events."

She contended that Paltoo, the then manager of Haryana Lawn Tennis Association Kuldeep Singh and Thomas among others would have been key persons to unravel the truth on the nature of the incident.

"Had these people been heard by the prosecution, the whole falsehood of the prosecution would have been exposed," she said, adding, independent witnesses should have also been brought by the prosecution in the case.

She also submitted in the court that adverse influence was made on witnesses in the case and contended that the prosecution had failed to establish that Aradhana was present at HLTA on the day of the alleged crime.

She further submitted that Ruchika's statement recorded by the then DGP R R Singh was not brought on record.

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