Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda's head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Wednesday filed an appeal against the single-judge order of the Punjab and Haryana high court in which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was directed to register an FIR and probe the allegation against him of castration of his followers.
The appeal would be heard on Thursday by the division bench of acting chief justice SJ Vazifdar and justice AG Masih.
It is learnt that the dera head has challenged the order on the ground that the petitioner directly approached the high court instead of going to the police or using other means to seek justice. Another argument given by Ram Rahim Singh is that castration of an adult with consent is not a crime and is permissible under the Indian law, it is learnt.
On December 23, the single-judge bench of justice K Kannan had handed over the probe to the CBI and asked it to register a FIR against the dera head on the complaint of Fatehabad resident Hansraj Chauhan, a former dera follower. Seeking a CBI probe, Chauhan had approached the high court, alleging that 400 dera followers had been castrated on the dera premises in 2002 on the promise that it would lead to realisation of God.