Chandigarh, May 20 (ANI): The Chandigarh Sessions Court on Thursday postponed the announcement of the verdict on the much awaited the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case to May 25 (Tuesday).
Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh, who has completed the hearing on former Haryana Director General of Police SPS Rathore’s appeal against his conviction in the case, was scheduled to pronounce the verdict on Thursday.
On May 25, besides passing the verdict on Rathore’s plea, the court would also pass an order on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) appeal seeking enhancement of sentence from six months to two years for Rathore.
A complaint made by Rathore against Ruchika’s family friend Anand Prakash for forging documents pertaining to the case is also expected to deliberated upon.
On December 21, 2009, Rathore was convicted for molesting Ruchika, a budding 14- year-old tennis player in 1990.
He was sentenced to serve six months’ rigorous imprisonment by the court.
Thereafter, Rathore had appealed against the sentence, the hearing of which started in February.
The hearings were adjourned following an attack on Rathore on February 8 by a Banaras-based youth.
Day-to-day proceedings of the case, which were held in-camera, resumed on May 3 and concluded on May 11.
Ruchika was allegedly molested by Rathore on August 12, 1990 at the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association office in Panchkula.
Unable to bear the harassment, Ruchika committed suicide three years later. (ANI)