Former Haryana DGP S.P.S. Rathore on Monday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging a sessions court order denying him anticipatory bail in two fresh FIRs involving serious criminal charges against him in the molestation case of a budding tennis player.
Justice Sabina listed 67-year-old Rathore’s petition for hearing on Tuesday without giving him any immediate cover against his possible arrest.
The judge had earlier said in court that the matter would be taken up on Wednesday, but posted it for Tuesday after Rathore’s lawyer-wife Abha pleaded for an early hearing.
The two fresh FIRs 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 three years after being molested by the former IPS officer on August 12, 1990.
The trial court had handed down a lighter punishment of six months’ jail term and a fine of Rs 1,000 for molesting the budding tennis player.
Earlier, arguing Rathore’s case, Ms. Abha alleged in the court that the cases had been registered under media pressure against her husband.
She pleaded that the former DGP be granted anticipatory bail as he had undergone a heart surgery in 2007 and had also given the assurance that he would join the investigation.
“We have always maintained that we are ready to join the investigations at any time,” she said pleading for interim relief by staying his possible arrest.
The judge, however, did not pass any order on her submissions.