Atal brought to tears to hear Ruchika`s tale: Shanta

Last Updated: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 20:50

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal
Bihari Vajpayee was moved to tears when he heard the tragic
tale of Ruchika Girihotra`s molestation while he was still in
office, ex Union minister Shanta Kumar said on Friday.

Kumar, who was the Food Minister in the NDA government
at the Centre, said Vajpayee came to know about Ruchika`s sad
story in 2000 when he read a letter written by him to the then
Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala asking him to take
stern action against former DGP S P S Rathore in the case.

"After hearing the episode from me tears rolled down
Vajpayee`s face", the veteran BJP leader from Himachal Pradesh
said.

Vajpayee also strongly approved of Kumar`s letter to
Chautala recommending stringent action against former Haryana
police chief in the case.

"Vajpayee told me that I had done the right thing
(writing a letter to Chautala over the incident)," Kumar,
currently a Rajya Sabha member from his home state claimed.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 20:50

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