New Delhi: The Home Ministry is likely to
move court against the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT)
order restoring the pension of disgraced former Haryana DGP SP S Rathore who was convicted in Ruchika Girhotra molestation
The Home Ministry was "surprised" over the CAT order and
preparing the ground to challenge it within a very short span
of time, official sources said.
A Division Bench of the CAT headed by Justice S D Anand
has ordered the restoration of the pension of Rathore, which
was stopped by the Centre in June last year.
The Bench had observed that it was of the considered view
that the competent authority could not have validly directed
withholding of pension on permanent basis.
"We will place before the CAT all relevant documents
related to the case and strongly favour withholding of
Rathore`s pension as he had committed the crime when he was
holding a responsible position in the Haryana Police," a
69-year-old Rathore was awarded six months` rigorous
imprisonment and fined Rs 1,000 by the Chandigarh CBI court in
December 2009 for molesting the 14-year-old tennis player on
August 12, 1990. The girl committed suicide three years later.