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Rathore's grin turns into frown

india Updated: May 25, 2010 20:05 IST
Ruchika Girhotra

From a wide grin to a frown, disgraced former Haryana Police DGP SPS Rathore's body language changed in a matter of minutes on Tuesday as the court enhanced his sentence to 18 months in jail for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra 20 years ago.

68-year-old Rathore was his confident self as he waved to mediapersons with a beaming face while starting from his house in posh Sector 6 at Panchkula, about 15 km from Chandigarh.

Nearly an hour after the verdict was pronounced Rathore, wearing a light-brown trouser, a light-blue shirt and a tie, came out of the court escorted by CBI officials.

The group made their way to the car as mediapersons jostled to click his pictures and get a byte, but a grim Rathore remained mum.

Earlier, as Rathore sat quietly with his lawyer-wife Abha in the court, Additional District and Session Judge Gurbir Singh upheld his conviction and enhanced the sentence from six months to 18 months. He ordered that Rathore be taken into custody.

"I will keep smiling," he told reporters in court while trying to put up a brave front.

Abha pleaded that Rathore had undergone a heart surgery and had an appointment with PGIMER's Director K K Talwar in the evening, but the court directed that he be first taken to Burail jail.

However, Rathore and his lawyer wife did not leave the courtroom, insisting that they be provided a copy of the verdict. The judge was forced to come back to his chamber again and directed that Rathore be sent to the jail.

The judge had to clarify that as per CrPC, a convict cannot immediately demand a copy of the judgement in the courtroom itself.

His lawyer will have to apply before the court to get a certified copy for an appeal later, he told them.