6 months RI to Rathore is due to prolonged trial and his age
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While holding that his guilt has been proved to the hilt, the CBI court which convicted former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore for outraging the modesty of 14-year-old Ruchika 19 years back, awarded the lighter six months jail term to him due to 'prolonged trial and the age of the convict'.
Giving the reason for the six month sentence for the offence under section 354 IPC which provides for a maximum punishment of upto two years, the court said, "The prolonged trial and the age of the convict can be considered while passing the order on quantum of sentence."
Not happy with the quantum of sentence pronounced after a 19-year-old legal battle, Anand Parkash, father of Ruchika's close friend, Aradhana, said he would press for re-opening of the case seeking a stiffer punishment for 67-year-old Rathore.
Ruchika Girhotra, a promising tennis player, was molested by Rathore, the then Inspector General of Police in1990. She committed suicide three years later by consuming poison.