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Justice for Ruchika: Jail for molestor Rathore, sentence increased to 1.5 yrs

Chandigarh: A sessions court in Chandigarh has rejected the plea of former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore challenging the six-month sentence awarded to him by a CBI court for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra and enhanced the sentence to one and a half year.

The court directed that Rathore be taken to the local Burial Jail immediately following dismissal of his appeal and enhancement of the sentence after which he was taken into custody by the CBI.

Reacting to the judgement, Ruchika’s father S C Girhotra said that the battle will continue.

“Justice has finally been delivered. Now I will move abetment to suicide charge against Rathore,” S C Girhotra said.

Ruchika’s family and the CBI had also filed petitions seeking enhancement of the sentence to maximum two years.

On May 20, Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh fixed May 25 for delivering the judgement on all the three pleas.

Rathore was sentenced to six-month imprisonment on December 21, 2009 by a CBI court for molesting Ruchika, then aged 14, at Panchkula on August 12, 1990.

Three years after she was molested, the budding tennis player committed suicide.

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