Police slap abetment to suicide charge against Rathore
New Delhi: In further trouble for disgraced former DGP SPS Rathore, Haryana Police on Tuesday slapped a fresh charge of abetment to suicide against him in the Ruchika molestation case. A third FIR against Rathore and some others was filed under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of IPC at the Sector 5 Police Station here, Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary told. He said the Panchkula Police has recommended that this case also be handed over to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is probing the two other new cases against Rathore, who was handed down a lighter punishment of six months jail term for molesting Ruchika Girhotra in 1990. The SIT will subsequently recommend to the state government to hand over the three cases to the CBI as demanded by the family of Madhu Parkash, the complainant and the Girhotra family, the SP said. Welcoming the registration of the third FIR, Aradhana, Ruchika's friend and the only witness to the molestation,
hoped that "justice will be served in future. I am happy that the inquiry might now be marked to CBI. "We had been waiting for this 16 years. We are happy that Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has kept his
promise," Aradhana said. Last week, Hooda had indicated that a FIR on Ruchika's brother Ashu's complaint under Section 306 of the IPC (abetment to suicide) against Rathore may be registered. "The FIR also indicates that Rathore's influence is diminishing and we are sure of appropriate justice ahead," she said. Ruchika's father SC Girhotra and the Anand Prakash family has alleged that Rathore had used his clout at every step to fabricate and tamper facts in his favour. "We want the investigating agencies to be completed in a time-bound manner. We are confident that justice will finally be done," said Anand Prakash, Aradhna's father.
Lawyer for the Girhotra family Pankaj Bharadwaj said the complaint under section 306 IPC was filed a couple of days ago and the Haryana Chief Minister had then said that the police was seeking legal opinion on it. "I am happy that after considering everything they have got it registered. We had given them all the documents on
the basis of which the legal machinery has started working," he said.
Govt. to take Rathore's police medal back, process to initiate next week
Chandigarh: Taking tough stand over Ruchika's moleastaion case, the Home Ministry has decided to take back police medal from former DGP of haryana, SPS Rathore, who is accused in the case and got six month imprisonment from the court. The process in this regard will initiate from next week.
After hearing echoes from media galore to the parliament, central government has taken initiative to find out the glitches, which had not been taken into account in the Ruchika molestation case, and allowing former Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore to control the command of law n order in the state despite the charges.
Rathore was allegedly charged in molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, who was young tennis star in 1990, and he was serving as Inspector General of Police and the head of Haryana's Lawn Tennis Federation.
CBI's Special Magistrate J S Sidhu sentenced 67-year-old Rathore to six months rigorous imprisonment (RI) during an in-camera proceeding and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000, but Rathore got bail immediately.
Teenager Ruchika killed herself three years after the incident by drinking poison.
The Centre is now paying keen attention on the matter. It is also deciding upon whether Rathore should be stripped of his police medal, which he was awarded in 1985.
The government has also reportedly decided to serve a show cause notice inquiring why Rathore should get full pension, despite being convicted by CBI's special magistrate on the charges of allegedly molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra.
The question that has cropped up now is who recommended Rathore's name for the police medal and how he managed to get a clean chit in Ruchika molestation case.
The CBI has now decided to file a petition asking for rigorous punishment to be given to the accused former Haryana DGP.