"The CBI has taken close to seven years in recording a few witnesses. On the other hand, if we take close to five months more in recording our defence witnesses, what is the big deal," argued SK Garg Narwana, counsel for Ram Rahim.
There are two rape victims in the case. The prosecution has closed its evidence and both the victims stood by their allegations of rape against Ram Rahim. After that, on February 11, Ram Rahim's statement was recorded under Section 313 of the CrPC wherein he was put to questioning on evidence against him.
In his statement, he had refuted the allegations of rape and claimed, "Since 1990, I am not medically or physically fit to have sex. I am not potent."
In 2002, anonymous letters addressed to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court were circulated, alleging sexual exploitation of female followers at Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa. On September 24, 2002, justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had handed over the case to the CBI.