What went wrong in Girhotras’ case against Rathore

On November 10, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed closure reports in two of the three FIRs registered against former Haryana director general of police S P S Rathore.

The CBI had said allegations of illegal confinement, criminal intimidation and attempt to murder leveled by S C Girhotra and Ashu Girhotra — father and brother of the late Ruchika Girhotra — "could not be substantiated".
Rathore has already been convicted on charges of molesting Ruchika, and he is out on bail in that case.

The Indian Express has copies of the CBI closure reports. Excerpts

WHAT S C GIRHOTRA ALLEGED

On December 28, 1993, morning, he found Ruchika in an unconscious condition. He wanted to take her to Command Hospital but police forced him to take her to PGI Chandigarh on Rathore's instructions. His signature taken on blank papers, name of Ruchika Girhotra intentionally changed to Ruby and his name from S C Girhotra to Subhash Chand. Veena was shown as his wife whereas his wife had died in 1988. Panchnama forged.

WHAT CBI FOUND

Veena was wife of S C Girhotra

Veena was married to Harmeet Singh Gujral in 1980 and had a daughter named Radhika. She seperated from Gujral and returned to her parents in Amritsar in 1984. The same year, she met S C Girhotra in Panchkula. They got married. In daughter's admission form, Veena mentions herself as wife of S C Girhotra. Later,

when she separated from S C Girhotra, she asked school authorities to change daughter's name from Radhika Girhotra to Radhika Gujral... Veena stood as surety for Ashu when he was arrested by Panchkula Police in auto theft cases.

No one forced Girhotra

No policeman was present outside Girhotra's house and nobody instructed him to take Ruchika to PGI, Chandigarh instead of Command Hospital. Girhotra took Ruchika to Dr V K Noheria's Nursing Home in Panchkula and on Dr Noheria's advice to PGI, Chandigarh.

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