Ruchika case: Court rejects Rathore’s plea for parole

The Panchkula court on Wednesday rejected SPS Rathore`s plea seeking his release on parole.

Zeenews Bureau

Chandigarh: In a major setback to Former Haryana police chief SPS Rathore, convicted for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, the Panchkula court on Wednesday rejected his plea for his release on parole.

The court, while rejecting his parole application, said that Rathore’s act was shameful so his review plea could not be entertained.

The court also stated that rejection of his parole application will enhance people’s faith in the country’s judicial system.

The court’s judgement comes nearly three days after he applied for nearly two weeks parole for looking after crops in his farmhouses.

Rathore, 68, is currently lodged at the Burail jail, and has been sentenced to 18 months rigorous imprisonment by the district and sessions court of Chandigarh after being convicted for molesting the teenager in 1990.
She committed suicide three years later.

Rathore, the former Haryana director general of police, was sent to Burail jail here May 25 after the court upheld his conviction in the molestation case by a CBI special court in December and enhanced his jail term to 18 months.
However, Rathore had also filed a revision petition, challenging the sentence term, in the Punjab and Haryana High Court here, which has reserved its decision.

The complainant`s family has strongly opposed the parole plea of Rathore.

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