CBI Court to Hear Murder Case Against Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Today
Rohtak, Oct 21: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Panchkula will hear a case pertaining to the murder of Ranjit Singh, a Dera functionary. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, is named as a conspirator in the case. The other accused in the case are Krishna Lal, Jasbeer Singh, Sabdil Singh and Indrasen.
The Dera chief is currently lodged in Sonaria jail in Rohtak, serving 20 years imprisonment, after he was convicted in rape cases in August.
Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh was shot dead in July 2002. Ram Rahim has been named as a conspirator behind the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati as well. Both, Ranjit and Ram Chander, were killed in separate incidents in 2002. (ALSO READ – ‘Will Wipe Off India From World Map’: Honeypreet Confesses Role in Panchkula Violence)
Earlier in September, a special CBI court in Panchkula had dismissed a plea by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s former driver Khatta Singh seeking to record a fresh statement in the Ranjit Singh murder case. (ALSO READ – Honeypreet Insan Breaks Down as Parents Meet Her in Jail Before Diwali)
Gurmeet Ram Rahim made his appearance in the Panchkula court via video-conferencing as final arguments in the cases progressed on September 16.
Khatta Singh had moved an application to testify against the Dera chief in the murder case on 16 September. The defence counsel had strongly opposed his plea. He had earlier given a statement against Ram Rahim Singh in year 2007 but retracted from it in 2012 due to the pressure from Ram Rahim and his goons.
Meanwhile, tight security arrangements is in place in Panchkula, with Haryana Police and paramilitary personnel deployed around the district courts complex and other areas of the town to maintain law and order, ahead of the hearing.
The Dera Sacha Sauda followers resorted to deadly violence in Haryana after Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in rape cases by the special CBI court on August 25, leaving 41 people dead and over 250 people injured.