Ruchika case will be reinvestigated: Moily

Last Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 11:38

New Delhi: Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily has said the Centre will direct reinvestigation into the Ruchika molestation case.

The Government has been facing public outcry as many believe that former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore - convicted in the Ruchika molestation case - got away with a light punishment in the case and should be charged with abetment to suicide.

“The Centre will request for reinvestigation of the Ruchika case,” Moily told reporters in Mangalore.

On Saturday, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had said in New Delhi that the Ruchika case should be “revisited”.

“After examining (the case) legally, I think it should be revisited. It needs revisitation on the whole issue. I am fully sympathising with the family (of Ruchika),” Hooda told reporters.

The court had sentenced Rathore to six-month imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1000 on him.

However, he was bailed out on the very first day after the sentencing.

This ‘light and unsatisfying’ sentence given to 67-year-old former top cop led to a public uproar.

The Central Government has also initiated steps to withdraw the police medal awarded to Rathore in 1985 and reduce his pension.

“The matter will be placed before an award committee on January 4, when the committee will meet. Thereafter the recommendation will go to the President,” Union Home Secretary GK Pillai told reporters.

The Home Ministry on Saturday slapped showcause notices on Rathore asking why his police medal should not be taken away and pension reduced for allegedly abusing power.


First Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 11:38

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