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Ruchika case a mockery of justice, says Amar

Last Updated: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 21:01

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh
today said the verdict in the Ruchika molestation case has
come out as a "mockery of justice" as after 19 years the
guilty had been given an "ordinary sentence".

"In this case, even death sentence is mild. An example
should be set through this case by giving the strictest
sentence....After waiting for 19 years, an ordinary sentence
and ordinary fine has been imposed on the culprit. It is a
mockery of justice," Singh told reporters here.

People in high places should get a message that they
cannot get away by committing such crimes, he said.

Former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore was on Monday sentenced
to six months of rigorous imprisonment for molesting
14-year-old Ruchika, a budding tennis player, in 1990 when he
was an IGP. The girl committed suicide three years later.

Singh evaded a question on whether the then INLD
government led by Om Prakash Chautala had sided with Rathore
and allowed the state police to "harass" Ruchika`s family.

"I don`t want to respond to allegations. Punishment
should be rendered to the guilty as this is a heinous crime,"
the SP leader said.

Asked about a VCD purportedly depicting Andhra Pradesh
Governor N D Tiwari with some women, Singh said the
authenticity of the clipping, telecast by a news channel,
should be established before conclusions are drawn as it could
be a case of "cyber crime" and "trick photography".


First Published: Friday, December 25, 2009 - 21:01
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