The shameful activities of people such as former Haryana police chief, SPS Rathore, were responsible for India’s dismal sports record at the international level, according to the judge who sentenced the disgraced cop to 18-month jail period, earlier this week
The comments slamming Rathore for having molested 14 year-old Ruchika Girhotra in 1990, who committed suicide three years later, have been made by additional sessions judge (ASJ), Chandigarh, Gurbir Singh, in his judgement.
“People are afraid to send their girls to playgrounds due to presence of such persons in the sports field,” he wrote, holding the former cop guilty of having outraged the modesty of a budding tennis player.
“Due to activities of such persons, our nation is lagging behind in every sport and citizens of the country feel ashamed to know again and again that India lost,” Singh remarked.
The judge said it was impossible to increase the participation of women in sports till people like Rathore controlled the sports associations. “Real talent cannot be brought forward to represent the country in such a situation,” the judge noted. Rathore was the president of Haryana Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA) and Inspector General Police in the state, when the incident took place.
“As HLTA president and a senior police officer, his role was to train young budding players, but he failed in both duties...,” Singh wrote.
ASJ Singh, in his reasons for enhancing the jail term of Rathore from six to 18 months, dismissed his argument that he had been made a victim of a malicious media campaign.
“The fact is that a precious life has been lost…Till today, media cannot influence the decision making process. Indian courts and judicial system is very strong,” Singh stated.
Singh said the courts worked on the basis of legal evidence, and in case the media were able to influence the court decisions, then the judiciary would no longer remain independent.
The judge also referred to Rathore’s influence in Haryana, which led to the probe report by the then state police chief, to be buried. “The departmental enquiry initiated against Rathore on the basis of a probe report of then DGP R.R. Singh was dropped. He got promotions and retired as Haryana police chief,” he wrote.