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Ruchika molestation case: SC upholds former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore's conviction, but cuts jail term

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction of former DGP of Haryana SPS Rathore for molesting a minor and budding tennis player Ruchika Girhotra but reduced his sentence from one and half years to the sentence already undergone.

On August 20, 1990, Rathore, the then IGP with Haryana Police and president of the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA), had molested Ruchika Girhotra, a 14-year-old budding tennis player, in the HLTA office in Panchkula.

The troubles for Ruchika did not end at just that as soon after she registered a complaint, she was expelled from her school ? where Rathore's daughter was her classmate ? for "indiscipline." Her family also allegedly faced harassment by Haryana Police at the behest of Rathore.

On December 28, 1993, Ruchika committed suicide by consuming poison and died the next day.

Over 22 years after Ruchika was molested, Rathore was convicted by a Chandigarh court in December 2009 and sent to prison in June 2010. The conviction was upheld by the Punjab and Haryana High Court too.

Rathore was sent to 18 months rigorous imprisonment but the Supreme Court granted him bail after he had served five months of his sentence.