Former Haryana Director General of Police S. P. S. Rathore, convicted for molesting a teenager 20 years ago, has sought that the man who assaulted him outside court last month be booked for attempt to murder.

In a letter to the Inspector General of Police, Chandigarh, Rathore has stated that Utsav Sharma's attack on him with a knife was an attempt on his life. Hitherto, Rathore had not pressed any charges against 29-year-old Utsav, who hails from Varanasi and was studying at Ahmedabad.

Now in a complaint lodged with Chandigarh's IGP, Rathore seeks incorporation of Section 307 of the IPC (attempt to murder) in the case already registered against the youth.

The former DGP who received injuries on his face in the assault while coming out after a hearing on February 8 has in his complaint termed the incident a conspiracy against him and accused the media of perpetrating a hate campaign against him, misguiding the youth, which ultimately resulted in the assault on him.

In his complaint, Rathore has alleged that the Chandigarh Police had not approached him till February 16 to record his and his advocate ND Sharma's statements under Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) regarding the incident, even as they had requested the police to record the same after the incident.

Insisting that a serious consideration was required in the matter, Rathore asserted that new generation of criminals should be discouraged, as such hate campaigns could lead to assaults against ex-governors, ministers or any judicial officer.