The centre government approached the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday challenging the order of December 8, 2011 of the Chandigarh bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) invalidating orders passed by centre of withholding pension of the former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore.
After Rathore’s conviction in a case relating to molestation of Ruchika Girhotra, on union public service commission’s advise the union ministry of home affairs had on June 23, 2010 passed the orders of withholding Rathore’s full pension.
When Rathore approached the CAT, the court headed by justice SD Anand had said, “The competent authority could not have validly directed the withholding of pension on permanent basis."
Taking up the petition, the division bench headed by justice SK Mittal on Wednesday issued notice of motion to Rathore for July 3. The centre government asserted before the high court on Wednesday that though Rathore had approached the Apex Court challenging his conviction by the trial court which was later upheld by the Punjab and Haryana high court but it was not supposed to await the final decision from the Supreme Court to withhold his pension.
It was submitted that in case Apex Court passed orders in favour of Rathore, the government would definitely restore his pension.
Rathore has been granted bail by the Supreme Court on November 11, 2010, after spending close to six months in Burail jail while serving sentence of 18 months for molesting Ruchika, a 14-year-old budding tennis player in August 1990. Later Ruchika had committed suicide by consuming poison. The case would now come up on July 3.