Panchkula

Manohar Lal Khattar to take oath as Haryana CM today

Manohar Lal KhattarPanchkula (Haryana), Oct 26 : Manohar Lal Khattar will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Haryana by Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki here on Sunday.

Preparations are currently underway for the oath taking ceremony in Panchkula's HUDA ground which will be reportedly attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other NDA leaders.

Sixty-year-old Khattar won the recent assembly elections from the Karnal seat and prior to that he was the Chairman of BJP's Haryana Election Campaign Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.

He will be the first Chief Minister of Haryana belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

'Step-mom' generates new controversy in Ruchika case

Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 11 - A new controversy has emerged in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case involving former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, with a 'mystery' woman, Veena, claiming that she was married to Ruchika's father, S. C. Girhotra. The claim has been dismissed by the lawyer and friends of the Girhotra family.

Veena has told the special investigation team (SIT) of the Haryana police that she was married to Ruchika's father, S. C. Girhotra, between November 1990 and 1995.

Police not to arrest Rathore 'hastily' despite criticism

Police not to arrest Rathore 'hastily' despite criticismPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 9 - Haryana Police has been pulled up for delaying action in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case but police officials say they did not want to arrest former top cop S. P. S Rathore "hastily" despite a Panchkula court having dismissed his anticipatory bail pleas.

Rathore's anticipatory bail plea dismissed

Ruchika Girhotra, S P S RathorePanchkula (Haryana), Jan 8 : A Panchkula court in Haryana Friday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former state police chief S. P. S. Rathore, who molested teenager Ruchika Girhotra 19 years ago.

Additional district and sessions judge Sanjeev Jindal dismissed the bail plea filed after two fresh FIRs were registered against Rathore Dec 29.

Rathore was booked under non-bailable charges like attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, forging evidence, wrongful confinement, fabricating false evidence and criminal conspiracy.(IANS)

Decision on Rathore's bail plea reserved

Decision on Rathore's bail plea reservedPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 7 - Additional District and Sessions judge Sanjeev Jindal Thursday reserved his decision on former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore's anticipatory bail plea on two fresh first information reports (FIRS), which were registered Dec 29.

The argument in the court went on for over two hours.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Chandigarh had Dec 21 held Rathore guilty of molesting 15-year-old Ruchika Gehrotra and sentenced him to a six-month prison term. Rathore was, however, immediately granted bail.

Angry eunuch drinks poison at Haryana police headquarters

Angry eunuch drinks poison at Haryana police headquartersPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 6 : A middle-aged eunuch, angered at police's alleged inaction in a case of assault on her adopted son, Wednesday attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison right outside the Haryana police headquarters here, police said.

According to police, the eunuch was identified as Laxmi, a resident of Hansi town in Hisar district of Haryana.

Arrest Rathore immediately, says Ruchika's father

Arrest Rathore immediately, says Ruchika's fatherPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 : Teenaged molestation victim Ruchika's father Tuesday demanded that former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore be immediately arrested as he was a "criminal" roaming freely in the society.

S. C. Girhotra said he wondered that even after registering non-bailable cases, like abetment to suicide, attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, forging evidence, wrongful confinement and criminal conspiracy against Rathore, why were the Haryana police still shying from arresting him.

We are now sure of justice ahead, say Ruchika's friends

We are now sure of justice ahead, say Ruchika's friendsPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 - It could be "appropriate justice" at last, said a relieved Aradhana Tuesday as a prolonged legal battle was infused with new energy with former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore being charged with abetting the suicide of her friend Ruchika Girhotra in 1993.

Police in Panchkula filed a fresh case against Rathore Tuesday. He was charged under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code of abetting the suicide of teenager Ruchika Girhotra, who killed herself in 1993, three years after he molested her.

Haryana police wants Rathore cases to go to CBI

Haryana police wants Rathore cases to go to CBPanchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 -The Haryana police Tuesday recommended that the three fresh cases registered against disgraced former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further investigation.

"We have registered the third FIR (first information report) against him (Rathore). We have recommended that all cases be handed over to the CBI for investigation," Panchkula Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary told IANS.

Rathore charged with abetting Ruchika's suicide

Rathore charged with abetting Ruchika's suicidePanchkula (Haryana), Jan 5 - A fresh case against former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore was registered here Tuesday, charging him with abetting the suicide of teenager Ruchika Girhotra three years after he had molested her.

The first information report (FIR) has been registered against the former director general of police, Panchkula superintendent of police Maneesh Chaudhary said here.  (IANS)

Prakash family hails withdrawal of Rathore's medal

S-P-S-RathorePanchkula (Haryana), Jan 4 : Anand Prakash, who has been fighting the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case for the past 19 years, hailed the union home ministry's decision Monday to strip tainted cop S. P. S. Rathore of the police medal he was given for meritorious service in 1985.

"This is very encouraging for us and now we are more confident than before," he said.

"We all welcome this decision of the central government. With this development, we are quite hopeful that this case will soon reach a logical end," Madhu Prakash, his wife, said.

Panchkula sessions Court grants bail to Rathore till January 7

Panchkula sessions Court grants bail to Rathore till January 7Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 1 : The Panchkula sessions court on Friday granted an interim bail to former Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore and put a stay on his arrest till January 7.

Rathore has been charged for allegedly molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra in 1990

The court has also asked for a reply from the state government in the concerned matter.

Rathore''s bail hearing started at the Panchkula sessions court around 9:30 am.

Rathore bail hearing adjourned till 12.30 p.m.

Rathore bail hearing adjourned till 12.30 p.m.Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 1 - The hearing of the anticipatory bail plea by disgraced former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore, convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra 19 years ago, was adjourned by a court here till Friday afternoon.

District sessions judge S. P. Singh, after hearing Rathore's counsel and wife Abha Rathore and Ruchika's family lawyer Pankaj Bhardwaj, asked the state government counsel to provide details of the case at the hearing slated to take place at 12.30 p. m.

Rathore did not come to the court Friday.

Rathore oversaw my torture, recalls Ruhika's brother

S P S Rathore, Ruchika GirhotraPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 31: Speaking about the torture and harassment he underwent at the behest of former Haryana police chief S. P. S. Rathore years ago, teenaged molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra's brother Ashu Thursday demanded that Rathore "should be behind bars".

Ashu, who remained in hiding since his sister committed suicide Dec 1993 following torture unleashed by the Haryana police at Rathore's behest, said that he had moved an application Thursday evening to get a case under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code
(abetment to suicide) registered against Rathore.

Ruchika's brother files fresh complaint against Rathore

Ruchika Girhotra, S P S Rathore Panchkula (Haryana), Dec 31 : Ruchika Girhotra's brother Ashu submitted a fresh complaint to the Panchkula police Thursday evening seeking registration of a case of abetment to suicide against former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore and other police officials.

The complaint also sought a case against serving Haryana inspector general of police (IGP) K. P. Singh, who was the Ambala district police chief when Ashu was booked in false car theft cases by the police at Rathore's behest.

Rathore's wife's plea for early hearing rejected

Rathore's wife's plea for early hearing rejectedPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 31 - The district and sessions court here Thursday rejected a plea of Abha Rathore, wife and counsel of disgraced former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore convicted in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case, for early hearing of his anticipatory bail application.

She wanted the hearing to take place Thursday itself instead of Friday.

Sessions judge S. P. Singh rejected the plea of Abha Rathore, who reached the court here Thursday afternoon with all documents sought by the court during the hearing Wednesday.

Ruchika Case: Aradhana blames Rathore for manipulating documents

Ruchika Case: Aradhana blames Rathore for manipulating documentsPanchkula (Haryana) Dec 30 : Ruchika’s friend and the sole eyewitness to her molestation case Aradhana today blamed former Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) SPS Rathore for manipulating documents.

Speaking to the media here Aradhana said: "This is clear in the case, event statements have come from CBI that they were influenced and attempts were made to bribe them.”

Rathore makes first public appearance after outrage

Rathore makes first public appearance after outragePanchkula (Haryana), Dec 30 - Facing the possibility of imminent arrest, former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore, convicted for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra, Wednesday came out of home for the first time after public outrage over the case.

Carrying a file in his hands, Rathore reached the Panchkula court flanked by his wife, who is also his lawyer. With two fresh FIRs (First Information Report) registered against him, including for attempt to murder and wrongful confinement, he is expected to seek anticipatory bail.

Hang Rathore, says Ruchika's father

Hang Rathore, says Ruchika's fatherPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 30 - With support for teenaged molestation victim Ruchika Girhotra coming from all quarters, her family and friends are now seeking the death penalty for former Haryana top cop S. P. S. Rathore, who molested her and allegedly hounded her till she killed herself.

Ruchika's father Subhash Chander Girhotra said that Rathore should be hanged till death.

Molestor, Murderer, Rapist: Sector 6 has seen them all

Molestor, Murderer, Rapist: Sector 6 has seen them allPanchkula (Haryana), Dec 30 - Sector 6 of Panchkula, an upscale suburban town outside Chandigarh, is not only known for its leafy streets, spacious houses and influential residents - but for infamous high-profile offenders as well.

The most notorious resident of the sector now is the disgraced former Haryana director general of police (DGP) S. P. S. Rathore - convicted last week by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court for molesting teenaged budding tennis player Ruchika Girhotra here Aug 12, 1990.

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