New Delhi, Jan 8: An official probe against Sacred Heart Convent School in Chandigarh school has termed the expulsion of Ruchika Girhorta by the school as a bias and arbitrary decision.
“In the last of 20 years nobody has been sacked (from the school) for non payment of fees. The school acted in a biased and arbitrarily manner," Ram Niwas, home-cum-education secretary of Chandigarh.
A magisterial inquiry was ordered by Niwas against the school for expelling Ruchika Girhotra at the behest former Haryana director general of police (DGP) S P S Rathore, just a month after her molestation by Rathore on August 12, 1990.
"The SDM (Sub Divisional Magistrate) has submitted the inquiry report to us and we are going to deliver it to Union Territory administrator S F Rodrigues for his consideration," said Niwas.
The report by SDM is said to strongly indicate Rathore's influence behind the school's decision to carry out the expulsion.
According to a recent police complain, Rathore got Ruchika expelled to save her daughter, who is Ruchika's classmate, from embarrassment.
Ruchika committed suicide in 1993 owing to the alleged harassment of her and her famaily by the former DGP.
Rathore was sentenced to six months of imprisonment on Dec 21, 2009 but he was immediately released on bail.
The sentencing which was considered 'too late and too little' led to a nationwide uproar, which eventually led to filing of 3 fresh FIRs against Rathore.
The former DGP was stripped off his police medals by the Center.