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New Delhi, June 30, 2010
The Central Government has withheld in full on a permanent basis the pension of former Haryana Director General of Police S P S Rathore, who has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra nearly 20 years ago.
"The Central Government has taken the action following his conviction by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chandigarh vide orders dated 21st December, 2009 in the molestation case of Ms. Ruchika, a minor girl," an official press release said here today.
Mr Rathore, who is a retired officer of the 1965 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), was initially sentenced to six months in prison but the sentence was later enhanced to 18 months.
Ruchika was a budding 14-year-old tennis player when the molestation incident took place on August 12, 1990. She committed suicide three years later in 1993, apparently unable to bear the harassment her family was subjected to after she complained about the molestation.
Mr Rathore, who belonged to the 1965 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS), was an Inspector General of Police then and also president of the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association. He retired from service in 2002.
Mr Rathore had been sentenced by a CBI court to six months of imprisonment on December 21, 2009 after the case had dragged on for 19 long years. The verdict had led to outrage among many people who felt the former police officer had got off lightly and it became the subject of a major media campaign.
Ruchika's family and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed petitions seeking enhancement of the sentence to the maximum period of two years, while Rathore had challenged the six-month sentence awarded to him. The court, after hearing arguments on day-to-day basis from May 3 to 11 this year, enhanced the sentence to 18 months.