A special CBI court convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief and self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in jail and fined him Rs30 lakh on Monday, three days after sentencing him of rape.
Judge Jagdeep Singh awarded an ensuring convict of 10 years for each rape case. “Of the Rs. 30 lacs fine, Rs. 14 lacs each would be provided as an allowance to the victims,” the CBI said.
The CBI court on Friday held Singh guilty of raping two of his woman followers in 2002.
A special CBI court on Monday pronounced a 10-year jail sentence for Dera Sachcha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2002 rape case. CBI judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced the sentence in Rohtak Jail, where a makeshift court was installed to carry out the proceedings smoothly. After the sentence, Ram Rahim was sent for a medical examination. He will have the right to file an appeal against the court order in high court.
The processing to determine the quantum of punishment against rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will start at 2.30 pm on Monday in a special court room built inside the Rohtak jail, knowledgeable Mohammad Akil, Haryana ADGP (Law and Order), in a press conference on Sunday.
To make assured Friday disgust is not supported on the roads of Haryana, 33 para forces have been expanded and the Indian Army has been kept on reserve. Also, 2000 police personnel have been asked to security Rohtak.
Ahead of the convicting, some tough measures were taken by the Haryana administration to prevent the law and order breakdown, as appeared post-Ram Rahim’s conviction on Friday.
Here are the main developments:
- Thousands of Ram Rahim believers today quitted the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters located in Sirsa and some of them moved home with the assist of security forces. Around 30,000 followers depart of the headquarters, claim reports.
- Reports advise followers of the self-styled godman had stocked guns, rifles, and even petrol bombs in order to fight against the guard’s forces. Many properties of Raam Rahim have already been captured as per the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court as it specified that cost of damage caused by the followers would be recovered by the leader of Dera.
- All schools and colleges in Panchkula, Rohtak, Kaithal, and Ambala would be closed on Monday, but these cities wouldn’t be under the gloom of section 144 that will go on in Ambala until further orders.
- Mobile internet, SMS service, and all dongle services have been dropping until August 29, 11: 30 AM, but voice calls on mobile networks will remain sincere. In the Sirsa premises of Dera, broadband and internet lease lines are dropped until August 29.
- In the aftermath of Friday assaults, cops have arrested around 926 people considered to be involved in the assault and informed that 76 vehicles were burnt and 52 cases of assault have been in the area.
- After managing searches at many 130 campuses of Dera in Punjab and Haryana security forces found petrol bombs and impounded few cars of followers after finding AK-47 rifles in them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the country earlier in the day, said the assault in Haryana is hugely condemnable. “Neither the nation nor the government will stand for assault in the name of faith,” Mr. Modi said in his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’.
A sexual exploitation case was registered against the Dera chief in 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after unnamed letters were published about the alleged sexual exploitation of two ‘female followers by Gurmeet Ram Rahim.