A local court on Monday ordered in-camera proceedings on the petition of disgraced former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore challenging his six months' imprisonment in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case.
The decision was taken by Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Shekhar Attri, who had last month fixed three days from today for hearing the appeal filed by 68-year-old Rathore against the sentence.
Attri asked media persons present in the court to move out to allow him to commence the in-camera proceedings. The court also put out a board outside the room saying the case hearing was being held in camera.
Rathore has filed an appeal against the sentence awarded to him on December 21 last year by CBI Special Judge J S Sidhu and a fine of Rs 1,000 for molesting the 14-year-old budding tennis player in August 1990.
The CBI, in its plea before the court, has sought the maximum sentence of two years to be awarded to Rathore.
The CBI judge had held the former IPS officer guilty of molesting Ruchika near here in Panchkula.
Rathore, who was held guilty under section 354 IPC (molestation), was granted bail after his appeal against the sentence was admitted on January 13.
The Additional District and Sessions Judge hearing the cross appeals had clubbed the two petitions and posted them for hearing from today.
Rathore and his counsel wife Abha, Anand Parkash, the husband of complainant Madhu Parkash, who is also the mother of the sole eye witness to Ruchika’s molestation, Anuradha, and the Parkash Girhotra family's counsel Pankaj Bhardwaj were present in the court room.
Rathore, who retired in 2002, was an IGP when he molested Ruchika on August 12, 1990, three years after which she committed suicide.