The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday disposed of suo motu proceedings initiated following reports of arms training at Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, headed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
While disposing of the petition, the HC has directed Punjab, Haryana and the union territory of Chandigarh to keep monitoring activities in all deras under their jurisdiction.
In March, both state governments and the Chandigarh administration had told the court that they had carried out searches in all deras but did not find any proof of possession of illegal arms and arms training by ex-servicemen in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
Haryana, where 2011 army intelligence reports had stated that arms training was being imparted by ex-servicemen at the Sirsa dera, told the court that it could not find any proof of such illegal activities on the premises.
During the hearing of a contempt case in December 2014 against Rampal, head of Hisarbased Satlok Ashram, it came to light that there were army intelligence inputs of arms training by ex-servicemen at the dera in 2011.
Also, the forces had to face tough resistance from Rampal’s followers in an operation carried out to arrest him in November 2014, so as to execute the court’s orders in a contempt case.
About 110 uniformed personnel had suffered injuries and six persons had died in the operation as Rampal’s armed guards prevented his arrest by police for several days. The HC had initiated suo motu proceedings and sought reports from various governments on the functioning of all deras in their jurisdiction.