Chandigarh: The infamous Ruchika Girhotra’s molestation case is in news once again and for all the wrong reasons. Brewing trouble for the victim’s relatives, a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, on Tuesday, recused itself from hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO World Human Rights Council against former Director General of Police Haryana, SPS Rathore, the accused in the case.

This is the fifth consecutive time in the past four months that the case has been recused by any division bench.

The PIL had sought an independent probe in Ruchika molestation case and demanded action against officers who sided with SPS Rathore enabling the trial to continue for 19 years.

Justice SK Mittal and Arvind Kumar has recused themselves from hearing the case on Tuesday. Previously, Justice Surya Kant, AK Goel, Hemant Gupta, MM Kumar and Justice AN Jindal has recused from hearing the case.

Following Justice Mittal’s refusal, the matter has now been sent to the Chief Justice from where it is likely to be referred to another bench.

It is noteworthy that the case was last heard in the month of March, when the division bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice KS Ahluwalia seeking all the information associated with Rathore case indicated to wind up the case in next hearing. But the case was delayed due to change in roaster.  

(JPN/Bureau)