After 20 years the Ruchika Girhotra case has been finalized and the main convict SPS Rathore was sentenced for one and half years of jail. This has been in news for a long time in India. SPS Rathore was accused of molesting Ruchika when she was a teenager 20 years back.
Chandigarh, May 3 : The bail plea of former Haryana Police chief SPS Rathore, will come up before sessions court in Chandigarh on Monday.
Rathore was sentenced to six months in jail for molesting 16-year-old Ruchika Girhotra.
He had moved the plea against the sentence and his conviction.
Sixty-eight -year-old Rathore, a 1965 batch IPS officer, who retired in 2002, was awarded the sentence by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on December 22, 2009, for molesting Ruchika, a budding tennis player, in 1990.
The only eyewitness in the Ruchika Girhotra harassment case, Aradhna, who is fighting a gritty battle to get justice for her friend, unveiled an Internet site to fight maltreatment.
The website named justice4ruchika.com directs at aiding the concerned from any part of the world.
Chandigarh, Jan 25 - The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday granted interim bail to former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rahtore after two fresh first information reports (FIRs) were filed against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the molestation of Ruchika Girhotra.
Rathore was also given relief in the third case registered against him for allegedly abetting Ruchika's suicide, as the court directed CBI to give him a four-day notice before arresting him.
Chandigarh, Jan 11 : Four days after a magisterial inquiry held the Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School here guilty of being unfair in expelling teenage molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra for fee default, the school principal S. Sebestina Monday returned the state award.
The Chandigarh administration had directed her to return the award, which was given to her in 2005 for meritorious contribution to city education. She was the principal of the school in 1990, when Ruchika was expelled.
New Delhi, Jan 11 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Monday took over the probe against former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra in 1990, for abetting her suicide and harassing her family members.
The agency has re-registered the cases against Rathore.
Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 11 - A new controversy has emerged in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case involving former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, with a 'mystery' woman, Veena, claiming that she was married to Ruchika's father, S. C. Girhotra. The claim has been dismissed by the lawyer and friends of the Girhotra family.
Veena has told the special investigation team (SIT) of the Haryana police that she was married to Ruchika's father, S. C. Girhotra, between November 1990 and 1995.
Chandigarh, Jan 11 : Former Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore, who has been charged for allegedly molesting 14-year old teenager Ruchika Girhotra, a promising young tennis star in 1990s, is expected to move the High Court on Monday for his bail.
The Panchkula court had on Friday (January8) dismissed the bail plea of Rathore.
The court had also slammed the Haryana Police for failing to provide evidences against Rathore, and for not opposing his bail petition.
Rathore has three cases pending against him in the court; all filed by Ruchika''s family and friends.
Ruchika''s family lawyer Pankaj Bharadwaj had earlier filed two First Information Reports (FIRs) against Rathore.
A session court has denied anticipatory bail to S. P. S., the former DGP of Haryana on Friday. Two FIRs where registered against Rathore in the molestation case of Ruchika Gehrotra, a budding tennis player.
According to the FIRs filed by Ruchika's father Subhash and brother Ashu on December 29, Rathore has been convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika and was booked for the charges of attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, forging and fabricating evidence, wrongful confinement and criminal conspiracy, which are non-bailable charges.
With a fear of the involvement of the high rank officers in the case, the Haryana government has already recommended the CBI to take over the case as it may create complexities for the police force.
Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 8 : A Panchkula court in Haryana Friday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former state police chief S. P. S. Rathore, who molested teenager Ruchika Girhotra 19 years ago.
Additional district and sessions judge Sanjeev Jindal dismissed the bail plea filed after two fresh FIRs were registered against Rathore Dec 29.
Rathore was booked under non-bailable charges like attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, forging evidence, wrongful confinement, fabricating false evidence and criminal conspiracy.(IANS)
Chandigarh, Jan 6 - The inquiry report into the expulsion of Ruchika Girhotra, who was molested by former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore in 1990 and committed suicide three years later, from the Sacred Heart school here would be submitted Thursday evening.
The probe is being conducted by Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Prerna Puri, whose report will subsequently be sent to the administration of the union territory of Chandigarh, said Chandigarh's home and education secretary Ram Niwas.
New Delhi, Jan 6 - 'We want justice for Ruchika' - the unanimous voice of thousands is filling up cyberspace every day.
'Justice for Ruchika' is an online group that has sprung up on the popular social networking website Facebook. With active discussions on ways to maintain pressure so that justice is achieved, this group has over 9,000 members.
Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 - It could be "appropriate justice" at last, said a relieved Aradhana Tuesday as a prolonged legal battle was infused with new energy with former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore being charged with abetting the suicide of her friend Ruchika Girhotra in 1993.
Police in Panchkula filed a fresh case against Rathore Tuesday. He was charged under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code of abetting the suicide of teenager Ruchika Girhotra, who killed herself in 1993, three years after he molested her.
Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 - A fresh case against former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore was registered here Tuesday, charging him with abetting the suicide of teenager Ruchika Girhotra three years after he had molested her.
The first information report (FIR) has been registered against the former director general of police, Panchkula superintendent of police Maneesh Chaudhary said here. (IANS)
Chandigarh, Jan 4 : The special investigation team (SIT), set up by the Haryana police to examine criminal charges against former state police chief S. P. S. Rathore who is convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, will take some more time to complete its work, its chief said Monday.
"We had got this case only last week and we are looking into every aspect of this matter. Our investigation is still under process and right now we cannot disclose our so far findings to anyone," Inspector General (Security) S. S. Kapoor, who heads the seven-member SIT, told IANS.
New Delhi, Jan 4 : The home ministry Monday decided to strip former Haryana director general of police (DGP) S. P. S. Rathore, convicted for molesting 15-year-old Ruchika Girhotra in 1990, of the police medal he was given for meritorious service in 1985.
The award committee, headed by Home Secretary G. K. Pillai, took the decision to withdraw the medal after a meeting Monday, an official said. The recommendation will now be sent to President Pratibha Patil.
The former police chief was awarded the medal Aug 15, 1985.
New Delhi, Jan 4 : The entire country was waiting for justice in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, Speaker Meira Kumar said Monday while calling for "immediate relief" to victims in cases related to atrocities against women.
Kumar described as "unfortunate" the case of the 15-year-old who was molested by former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore in 1990 and committed suicide three years later allegedly due to harassment of her and her family after she filed a police complaint.
"The entire country is waiting for justice," the speaker told reporters in parliament.
Chandigarh, Jan 2 - A special police team tasked to probe fresh charges against former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, will complete its work "as early as possible", Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said Saturday.
"We have full sympathy with the family members of Ruchika. SIT's (Special Investigation Team) report is awaited. We will not spare the guilty," Hooda told reporters here.
Chandigarh, Jan 1 - Ruchika Girhotra had never been expelled but removed from the rolls for non-payment of fees, the Sacred Heart school here said Friday following reports that it rusticated the girl in 1990 following her molestation by former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore.
Panchkula (Haryana), Dec 31: Speaking about the torture and harassment he underwent at the behest of former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore years ago, teenaged molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra's brother Ashu Thursday demanded that Rathore "should be behind bars".
Ashu, who remained in hiding since his sister committed suicide Dec 1993 following torture unleashed by the Haryana police at Rathore's behest, said that he had moved an application Thursday evening to get a case under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code
(abetment to suicide) registered against Rathore.