HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Back in August 2017, nearly 36 people were killed in Panchkula after a local court convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case
  • To avoid any violence, Rahim appeared via video-conferencing from Sunaria jail in Rohtak

Today, in Panchkula, a special CBI court reserved its order on the sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a 2002 murder case. Last Friday, the self-styled godman was convicted of conspiring the murder of his former manager Ranjit Singh in 2002. The next date of hearing is scheduled for October 18.

Earlier in the day, amid tight security, the special CBI court began hearing in the case to pronounce the quantum of sentence. Four others are also said to be involved in the murder case. The authorities imposed prohibitory orders in the vicinity of the court anticipating violence by the followers of the convicted Goldman.

Back in August 2017, nearly 36 people were killed in Panchkula after a local court convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case. To avoid the situation, Rahim appeared via video-conferencing from Sunaria jail in Rohtak. According to the case, on July 10, 2002, Ranjit Singh was shot dead by four assailants at his native village in Kurukshetra’s Khanpur Kolian. The charge sheet presented by the Central Bureau of Investigation claimed that Ranjit was murdered as Ram Rahim suspected that he was behind the circulation of an anonymous letter highlighting the sexual exploitation of female disciples on the Dera premises.

Presently, Rahim is serving a 20-year jail term for raping two followers. He had also been sentenced to life for the murder of a journalist in 2002.

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