Chandigarh: Former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore had allegedly used Ruchika’s expulsion from school to weaken the initial inquiry into the molestation allegations by portraying her as a ‘‘loose character girl.’’ The teenager was thrown out of her Sacred Heart school soon after she complained against the top cop.
Madhu Prakash in her statement given to sub-divisional magistrate (south), Chandigarh, claimed: ‘‘S P S Rathore had submitted a representation in the last week of September 1990 stating that Ruchika was a girl of loose morals, who already stands expelled from the school.’’
‘‘This was apparently done by Rathore to evade harsher punishment,’’ said Anand Prakash, father of lone
eye-witness Aradhana. The former DGP in his statement given to SDM (south) stated that he did not remember whether he ever submitted such a representation to CBI or Haryana Government in 1990 or any time thereafter.
However Anand Prakash, Girhotra’s family friend, said: ‘‘It was September 27, 1990, when Rathore submitted a representation to the state government citing her expulsion from school as a result of her being a loose character girl.’’
It was after this representation that the government decided to initiate a departmental inquiry against Rathore under the Employees Conduct Rule. And instead of registering an FIR against him, the government issued a department charge-sheet to Rathore. According to Prakash, the file in which this document lies is still in government possession.
This point comes up in the school inquiry report prepared by the Chandigarh administration. Clearing the air, the inquiry officer said in the report: ‘‘He (Rathore) nowhere states that he never made any such representation to the CBI or the Haryana Government. His answer is neither in the affirmative nor negative.’’