Apex court grants bail to Rathore in molestation case (Lead)

November 11th, 2010 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday granted bail to former Haryana director general of police S.P.S. Rathore, who is serving an 18-month jail sentence for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra in 1990.

The apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan said Rathore would not leave the country without specific permission of the court.

Rathore, 69, is currently lodged in the high-security Burail jail in Chandigarh, where he is serving his sentence for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika. The teen committed suicide in 1993 due to the harassment.

He was sentenced to 18 months rigorous imprisonment by a district and sessions court of Chandigarh May 25.

At the time of Ruchika’s molestation, Rathore was deputy inspector general of Haryana Police and headed the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA). The budding tennis player was molested by Rathore at the Panchkula-based office of the HLTA.

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