A special CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce the quantum of punishment for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted in the Ranjit Singh murder case.
special CBI court in Panchkula will on Tuesday pronounce the quantum of punishment for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted last week for the murder of former sect manager Ranjit Singh in 2002.
Ahead of the verdict, prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in Panchkula district, Haryana.
“In view of the apprehensions of loss of life and property, creating any tension in the district, disturbance of peace and riots due to the announcement of punishment of five accused including Ram Rahim, Section 144 is applicable today,” said DCP Mohit Handa
The court will sentence five accused, including Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who will appear from Rohtak’s Sunaria jail through video conferencing. Accused Krishan Lal, Avtar, Sabdil and Jasbir will be physically present for the sentencing at the special CBI court located in Panchkula
WHAT IS THE DERA MANAGER MURDER CASE?
Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh, who was also a follower of the sect, was shot dead in 2002. He was murdered for his suspected role in the circulation of an anonymous letter, which narrated how women were being sexually exploited by the sect head at the Dera headquarters.
According to the CBI charge sheet, the Dera chief believed that Ranjit Singh was behind the circulation of the anonymous letter and hatched a conspiracy to kill him.
In 2017, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20-year imprisonment for raping two disciples. Over two years back, the sect head was also awarded life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist, Ram Chander Chhatrapati.