The Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the home ministry to resume paying pension to former Haryana Police boss SPS Rathore, convicted in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.
Rathore’s pension was stopped in June 2010, following a CBI court awarding him six months’ rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs1,000 for molesting the 14-year-old tennis player in the office of the Lawn Tennis Association at Panchkula on August 12, 1990.Ruchika’s family friend, Aradhana, was a witness to the incident.
More than three years later, Ruchika committed suicide by consuming poison. She died on December 28, 1993.
Aradhana’s father, Anand Prakash, who has been fighting the case against Rathore, said on Saturday that he would move court against the decision.
“When the court has convicted Rathore for his misdeeds, how could he be allowed pension benefits,” he asked.
Earlier, Rathore had challenged the decision of the home ministry, arguing that the allegation against him was made as a president of the Lawn Tennis Association and not as a serving IPS officer.
He also compared his case with that of former Punjab director general of police KPS Gill.
“There was no order withholding the pension of Gill, who has also been found guilty of molestation.”