The CBI court in Panchkula will state the quantum of sentence on Monday for Ram Rahim Singh.
Panchkula: The distinctive Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday sentenced Dera Sacha Sauda main Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. The CBI court will proclaim the quantum of sentence on Monday.
The Haryana Police department has taken Gurmeet to Rohtak’s Police Training College in Sunaria.
Violence erupted in Panchkula, Haryana, moments after Gurmeet’s conviction, prompting police to give out tear gas shells at Dera campaigners. The police department also resorted to lathi charge and fired up live bullets in the air to scatter the violent crowds.
Petrol pump and Malout Railway Station were set on fire by activists in Punjab. Alike incidents have also occurred in Bathinda.
In the meantime, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has enticed to “all Punjabis to uphold peace and harmony in the state”. “Won’t let anybody to disturb peace and tranquility,” he said.
The rape claims against Gurmeet date back to 2002, when two of the Dera supporters (sadhvis) wrote a letter to the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in secrecy, claiming that they were raped by the self-styled godman.
The letter also alleged Gurmeet of sexually exploiting numerous of his female admirers inside the Dera campus on the suburbs of Sirsa in Haryana.
The Haryana and Punjab court had taken cognizance of the sadhvis’ letter and initiated the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to record a case of sexual exploitation contrary to the Dera chief in the year 2002.
The Chandigarh unit of the CBI had launched an inquiry after a case was recorded on December 12, 2002, under Section 506 (criminal intimidation), 376 (rape) and 509 (insult to the restraint of woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Yet, he has been persistently denying the charges, requesting that he is a faithful supporter of the law.
In their declarations before the court, the two sadhvis alleged that they were raped by the spiritual frontrunner. Yet, one of them just went on to validate the rape saying it would “purify” her.
One of victim her statements stated when she came into the Dera chief’s chambers, the doors was closed automatically while he was watching a pornographic movie.
Separately from the 2002 rape claims, Gurmeet Ram Rahim is also alleged of murdering a reporter, Ranjit Singh, in October of the year 2002, who was probing the charges against him.