Chandigarh, Jan 6: Chandigarh Home and Education Secretary Ram Niwas has assured that the inquiry report on why 14-year-old molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra was expelled from the Sacred Heart School will be ready by Thursday, Jan 7.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Jan 6, the official informed that the inquiry was in its final stages and he would receive the report in a day's time.
“The inquiry will be fair and independent," Mr Niwas promised.
He has entrusted the inquiry to Sub Divisional Magistrate Prerna Puri, to look into the allegations levelled against the school by the victim's father.
The school expelled Ruchika in Sep 1990, a month after she was molested by ex-DGP SPS Rathore.
The Ruchika's father has accused the school of taking this step under pressure from Rathore.
When questioned on these allegations, Mr Niwas said, “There has been no complaint from the Minorities Commission about the school (being subjected to any kind of pressure by the administration during the probe)."
And when asked about the delay in completing the reports, he answered, “Since school principal (Sister Sebastina) was out of town, we could not question her. Moreover, it is a 20-year-old case so the delay of one or two days sometimes occurs."
“The principal"s role in the episode is crucial because she was at the helm at that time (when the teenaged girl was allegedly expelled). We had to question her and get some documents from her which we have now got," he added.