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Verdict in Ruchika case deferred till May 25

Chandigarh: The verdict in the nearly 20-year-old Ruchika Gihrotra molestation case has been deferred. The Chandigarh court that has been hearing the molestation case and former Haryana director general of police (DGP) SPS Rathore’s plea challenging his conviction in it said on Thursday that it would pronounce the verdict on May 25.

“The matter has been deferred to May 25. Since it is a lengthy case, the judge wanted some time to pronounce the verdict,” said Pankaj Bharadwaj, the Girhotras’ lawyer.

Ruchika’s family and the Central Bureau of Investigation have appealed for enhancing the jail term of Rathore, who was sentenced to six months in jail for molesting the teenager on December 21, 2009.

Ruchika, a budding tennis player, was molested by Rathore on August 12, 1990 and she later committed suicide in 1993, after Rathore allegedly used his position in the police force to scuttle all enquiries against him.

It was only after the Punjab and Haryana High Court intervened in 1998 that a CBI inquiry was ordered.

On December 21, 2009, the CBI trial court finally convicted Rathore, but sentenced him to just six months in prison which left Ruchika’s family deeply disappointed.

The CBI and Ruchika’s family have sought enhanced sentence for Rathore. CBI wants Rathore jailed for two years while her family wants life sentence for him for abetting Ruchika’s suicide.

The court was initially scheduled to give its verdict on February 8, but the case was put off after Rathore was dramatically stabbed by a student as he came out of court.

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