Govt orders inquiry against Ruchika’s school
Chandigarh: A day after a local NGO said it would file a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a probe into the Ruchika molestation and suicide case, the Chandigarh administration has ordered an inquiry against the school, which expelled the victim under pressure from ex-Haryana DGP SPS Rathore.
The inquiry was ordered against the Chandigarh-based Sacred Heart School, where Ruchika studied for 10 years in the wake of allegation that the girl might have been expelled on the behest of SPS Rathore.
According to reports, Chandigarh Home Secretary Ram Niwas recommended a magisterial probe and, after a quick go-ahead from administrator Gen (retd) SF Rodrigues, asked ADC and SDM (Central) PS Shergill to conduct an inquiry.
The development comes a day after the local NGO World Human Rights Council (WHRC) said that it would seek a probe into the girl`s molestation by SPS Rathore in 1990 and the circumstances leading to the suicide of Ruchika three years after the incident.
WHRC chairman Ranjan Lakhanpal said, the PIL to be submitted before the court Tuesday, would also plead for investigation into booking of Ruchika`s brother Ashu in false cases, including those relating to robbery.
He said the Sacred Heart School, which had expelled Ruchika on the flimsy ground of non-payment of fees, would also be made a party.
The school had probably taken action against Ruchika under pressure of Rathore whose daughter was also studying in the same school, he claimed.
The PIL would also seek action against all responsible for the delay in probe into molestation and suicide cases and enhancement of sentence to Rathore who was awarded six months imprisonment by a CBI court.
Meanwhile, the Anand Prakash family, which has been fighting her case, said it will launch a `Dharm Yudh` (fight for justice) against child abuse and crime against women.
"Tomorrow, on the occasion of her death anniversary, we will launch a Dharm Yudh against child abuse and crime against women," Ruchika`s friend had informed.
Rathore, a former DGP of Haryana, molested Ruchika, a budding tennis player in 1990 when he was an IGP. The minor died on December 29, 1993 after she consumed poison.
The sympathisers of Ruchika’s family would also launch a signature campaign seeking action against all who supported Rathore in the case.
Aradhana`s mother Madhu Prakash is the main complainant in the case.
The retired IPS officer was not tried for abetment to suicide as the CBI did not file charges under section 306 of IPC.
The latest twist in the case came after a former joint director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), alleged that Rathore even tried to influence him and the investigation team.
"He used to come to my chamber and even call up at my residence. He used to offer me favours at various joints. He also tried to influence my investigation team," RM Singh, who headed the probe, told reporters.
The officer said he later learned that his recommendations were not included in the chargesheet.
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