Ruchika case: Rathore's bail hearing to be heard on March 10

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Chandigarh, Feb 10 (ANI): A Chandigarh district court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of the Ruchika molestation case, which involves former Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore, to March 10 on medical grounds.

Rathore was on Monday punched and stabbed thrice with a blunt instrument outside the court premises by Utsav Sharma, a student of the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.uchika's family lawyer Pankaj Bharadwaj said that he could not object to the order of the court, as the hearing has been adjourned on medical grounds.

Bharadwaj added that one of Rathore's lawyers N D Sharma, who was standing close to Rathore at the time of the attack, also received minor injuries and hence the court passed the adjournment order.

The former cop has been charged for allegedly molesting 14-year old teenager Ruchika Girhotra, a budding young tennis star in 1990s.

Rathore has three cases pending against him in the court; all filed by Ruchika's family and friends.

Bharadwaj had earlier filed two FIRs against Rathore.

The lawyer had claimed that the first FIR was filed for forging documents like the inquest report and the other for illegal detention of Ruchika's brother, Ashu, who was kept in illegal detention at the behest of Rathore and given tortures.

The third case is that of abetment to suicide against him. The family has claimed that Ruchika was expelled from Sacred Heart Convent in Chandigarh due to Rathore's influence.

Teenager Ruchika had killed herself three years after the incident by drinking poison. (ANI)

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