Delhi HC grants parole to lifer SS Rathi

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted a 15-day parole to suspended Assistant Commissioner of Police SS Rathi, undergoing life imprisonment for killing two businessmen in a 1997 fake encounter.

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011, 21:21 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
granted a 15-day parole to suspended Assistant Commissioner of
Police S S Rathi, undergoing life imprisonment for killing two
businessmen in a 1997 fake encounter, to submit a thesis for
his LLM examination.

Granting the parole to Rathi on furnishing of Rs
25,000 as personal bond and a surety of like amount, Justice G
P Mittal said the order will be effective from the date of his
release from the jail.

Rathi has been pursuing LLM from Annamallai
University and recently appeared in the final year
examination. He has to submit a dissertation before July 15,
the last date to submit the thesis.

In a petition, Rathi had sought parole for a month to
submit the dissertation on the topic--"A critical study on
doctor`s liability for negligence in their duty towards
patients under the Consumer Protection Act."

His counsel submitted that Rathi needs sufficient time
to study on the topic and collect the material from the
library and internet and get the thesis approved by the
supervisor.

On May 2, the Supreme Court had upheld the
conviction and life sentence of ten Delhi Police officials
including Rathi for the killing of two Haryana-based
businessmen in Connaught Place here on May 31, 1997.

A Delhi Police Crime Branch team led by encounter
specialist Rathi had fired indiscriminately on a car after
suspecting that the businessmen were Uttar Pradesh?based
gangsters wanted by the police.

PTI