The CBI court of Judge Jagdeep Singh in Panchkula in Tuesday’s hearing of Dera Baba Ram Rahim’s case observed in it’s interim order, “This is one of the oldest matter in this court and needs to be decided expeditiously.”
The Ranjit Singh murder case that began in 2002 has still not concluded. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had handed over the case to the CBI in 2004 and the hearing in the CBI court began in 2012 with the presentation of the Prosecution’s evidence. The case has had almost 200 hearing since then. As many as 166 interim orders including the one on Tuesday have been passed.
The matter was adjourned on Tuesday as one of the accused, Inder Sain, had submitted a written request on grounds of his wife being seriously ill, whom he is taking care of. “Keeping in view the reason mentioned in the application, the application for exemption is hereby allowed and personal appearance of accused Inder Sain is exempted for today (Tuesday) only”, read the order. Dera leader Ram Rahim is the main accused in the case, along with five others.
The next date of hearing has been set for November 16 while the court has also directed the defence to conclude their evidence on the same day stating, “On request and in the interest of justice, matter stands adjourned for remaining defence evidence and accordingly accused are directed to conclude their defence evidence on the adjourned date and no further request for adjourning the matter will be entertained in any eventuality.”
Ranjeet Singh, a member of dera’s influential ten-member committee, was shot dead on July 10, 2002 when he was returning from his fields at his native village in Kurukshetra district.