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A chronology of Ruchika case

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 18:20

Chandigarh: Twenty years after 14-year-old
budding tennis player Ruchika Girhotra was molested by former
Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, a sessions court today enhanced his
sentence from six months to one-and-a-half years prison term.

Following is the chronology of events leading to the
verdict today.

Aug 12, 1990: Haryana Inspector General of Police (IGP)
S P S Rathore, also the Haryana Lawn
Tennis Association president, molests
14-year-old budding tennis player Ruchika
Girhotra in his office room at Panchkula.

Aug 16, 1990: Complaint made to Chief Minister Hukam
Singh and Home Secretary.

Aug 17, 1990: Hukam Singh asks Director General of
Police (DGP) R R Singh to investigate the

Aug 18, 1990: Police registers Daily Development Report
(DDR) against Rathore.

Sept 3, 1990: R R Singh finds Rathore prima facie
guilty, submits report. Recommends FIR in
the matter. The DGP and Home Secretary J K
Duggal recommend departmental action and
chargesheet against Rathore.

March 12, 1991: Home Minister Sampat Singh gives consent
to departmental action. Forwards it to Hukam Singh.

March 13, 1991: Hukam Singh gives his consent to the

April 6, 1991: President`s Rule is imposed in the state.
Governor Dhanik Lal Mandal takes over.

May 28, 1991: Chargesheet approved against Rathore
during Governor`s rule.

July 23, 1991: Bhajan Lal-led Congress government takes
over. Remains Chief Minister till May 9, 1996, during which most of the alleged atrocities on Ruchika`s family takes place.

April 6, 1992: FIR against Ashu, Ruchika`s brother, for
car theft registered.

June 30, 1992 : Matter for registering FIR against Rathore taken up and Haryana LR R K Nehru recommends immediate registration of FIR
against Rathore.

March 30, 1993: Second FIR is registered against Ashu for car theft.

May 10, 1993: Third FIR is registered against Ashu for car theft.

June 12, 1993: Fourth FIR is registered against Ashu for car theft.

July 30, 1993: Fifth FIR is registered against Ashu for car theft.

Sept 4, 1993: Sixth FIR is registered against Ashu for car theft. All cases were registered under section 379 of the IPC.

Oct 23, 1993: Ashu is illegally picked by the Haryana police and kept in illegal detention for almost two months. 11 car theft cases were registered against him.

Dec 28, 1993: Unable to cope with harassment inflicted on her and her family, Ruchika commits suicide by consuming poison.

Dec 29, 1993: Ashu is released following Ruchika`s suicide.

April 1994: The charges framed against Rathore dropped during Bhajan Lal`s tenure, months after Ruchika died.

Nov 4, 1994: Rathore promoted as Additional DGP by Bhajan Lal-led Congress government.

May 11, 1996: Bansi Lal becomes Haryana Chief Minister, remains on the post till 23 July, 1999, during which Rathore is promoted as DGP.

June 5, 1998: Rathore suspended by Bansi Lal government in connection with a parole case regarding a detainee.

Aug 21, 1998: CBI probe is ordered in Ruchika molestation case by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

March 3, 1999: Rathore is reinstated as Additional DGP by Bansi Lal government.

July 23, 1999: Om Parkash Chautala becomes Chief Minister.

Sept 30, 1999: Departmental inquiry exonerates Rathore in molestation case; he is promoted as DGP with retrospective effect from May 20, 1999.

Oct 10, 1999: Rathore made Haryana`s DGP by the Chautala government.

Nov 16, 2000: CBI files chargesheet against Rathore in Ruchika molestation case.

Dec 5, 2000: Rathore removed as Haryana DGP and sent on leave.

March, 2002: Rathore retires from service.

Dec 21, 2009: CBI special court convicts Rathore in the Ruchika molestation case. Sentenced him to six months imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1, 000.

Feb 8, 2010: Rathore attacked with a knife by a student of NIFD from Ahmedabad.

May 3, 2010: Day-to-day hearing on three appeals- one of Rathore challenging his conviction and two of CBI and Ruchika`s family seeking enhancement of the sentence – in the Ruchika molestation case commence.

May 11, 2010: Day-to-day hearing on the three appeals in Ruchika molestation case ends. Verdict on May 20.
May 20, 2010 : Additional District & Sessions Judge
Gurbir Singh defers till May 25
pronouncement of the order.
May 25, 2010 : Sessions court enhances Rathore`s
sentence from six months to one-and-a-
half years. Rathore is arrested by CBI.


First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 18:20

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