Haryana court fails to frame charges against Honeypreet Insan, others for Panchkula violence

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Haryana court fails to frame charges against Honeypreet Insan, others for Panchkula violence

Honeypreet, 42, is charged with inciting violence, criminal conspiracy, and sedition in connection with the violence on August 25 in Panchkula and other places in Haryana following the conviction of Ram Rahim.

A Panchkula court in Haryana today failed to frame charges against Honeypreet Insan, the "adopted" daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Honeypreet, 42, whose real name is Priyanka Taneja, is charged with inciting violence, criminal conspiracy, and sedition in connection with the violence on August 25 in Panchkula and other places in Haryana following the conviction of Ram Rahim on two counts of rape.

Honeypreet, who was arrested on October 3 last year after remaining a fugitive for 38 days and put in a jail in Ambala, was presented before Sessions Judge Neerja Kulwant. The Panchkula court will now hear the arguments on the framing of charges against her on February 21.

In November last year, the Haryana Police had filed its chargesheet against Honeypreet and other accused in connection with the August 25 violence. The 979-page chargesheet was filed by the special investigation team (SIT) of the Haryana Police.

Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of over Rs 30 lakh for raping two of his disciples 15 years ago. His rape conviction had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.

Honeypreet's ex-husband Vishwas Gupta had alleged illicit relations between her and the sect chief. The woman, who has been claiming to be Ram Rahim's "adopted daughter", starred as the lead heroine in five films he directed, produced and acted in over a period of three years.