Vrinda Sharma

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh District and Sessions Court on Wednesday granted bail till February 8 to S.P.S. Rathore, former Haryana DGP, in the 1990 molestation case, on a personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh.

Deposit passport

The court asked him to deposit his passport with it within seven days and not leave the country. It will hear the case continuously for three days from February 8.

Rathore had filed an appeal against his conviction by a CBI special court here on December 21.

Emerging from the court, Rathore told journalists he would continue to smile if he was further harmed by the media.

“In my Lucknow University days I used to run with the boys to see [Jawaharlal] Nehru.

“He taught us to smile before adversaries,” he said. “The more you [journalists] harm me, the more I will smile. I am a born fighter.”

Handing him a six-month imprisonment, the CBI court held Rathore guilty of molesting a 14-year-old budding tennis player, who committed suicide three years after the incident.

He secured bail immediately, and the short sentence led to an uproar in different sections of society.