Verdict on Rathore's appeal in Ruchika's case today

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Chandigarh, May 25 (ANI): A sessions court in Chandigarh will pronounce its verdict on the plea of former Haryana General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore challenging the six-month sentence awarded to him by a CBI court for molesting Ruchika Girhotra.

Rathore has three cases pending against him in the court, all filed by Ruchika"s family and friends.

On May 20, Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh fixed May 25 for giving the verdict saying he needed more time to complete the process of writing to deliver the judgement on all the three pleas.

Teenager Ruchika had killed herself three years after the incident by drinking poison.

The CBI is investigating whether Rathore drove Ruchika to suicide after she filed molestation charges. An inquiry by the Chandigarh administration has found that Ruchika was unfairly expelled from her school in 1990.

The report also concluded that the expulsion took place under pressure from "an external influence".

The Special CBI court had earlier held Rathore guilty under Section 354 IPC and sentenced him to six months imprisonment and had imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him.

Rathore has been stripped off his meritorious police service medal. (ANI)

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