New Delhi: CBI has refused to reveal
information on as to why former Punjab DGP S P S Rathore was
not prosecuted by it for abetment of suicide of budding tennis
player Ruchika Girhotra 19 years ago.
In a reply to an RTI query seeking information on the
alleged decision of the then CBI director R K Raghavan turning
down the recommendation of its joint director to prosecute
Rathore with the senior charge, the probe agency contended
such information was exempted under the Act.
"Supply of such information is exempted under Section 8
(1)(h) of the Right to Information Act 2005," the CBI replied
to the query of Supreme Court lawyer Ajay K Agrawal, who filed
Ruchika was molested by 68-year-old Rathore and was
allegedly driven to suicide due to harassment by the former
On December 21, a Punchkula court had convicted Rathore
and sentenced him to six months` rigorous imprisonment along
with a fine of Rs 10,000 for molesting the 14-year-old girl in
1990, three years after she committed suicide.
CBI had registered fresh cases against Rathore following
huge public outcry.