New Delhi: The former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was moved to tears when he heard about the molestation of the 14-year-old Haryana girl, the former Union Minister, Shanta Kumar, said on Friday.

Mr. Kumar, who was Food Minister in the NDA government, said Mr. Vajpayee came to know about the tragic tale in 2000 as he read a letter written by Mr. Kumar to the then Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, asking him to take stern action against the former DGP, S.P.S Rathore, in the case. “After hearing the episode from me, tears rolled down Vajpayee’s face,” the veteran BJP leader from Himachal Pradesh said.

Mr. Vajpayee also strongly approved Mr. Kumar’s letter to Mr. Chautala.

“Vajpayee told me that I had done the right thing [in writing to Mr. Chautala],” said Mr. Kumar, now a Rajya Sabha member.