Castration of dera followers: CBI submits second interim report, high court seeks third report by October 7

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2015 22:55 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court its second interim report on investigations into allegations of castration against Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

The report was submitted in a sealed cover by CBI counsel, Sukhdeep Singh Sandhu. A single judge bench of justice RK Jain perused the report and handed it back to CBI, asking it to submit another report by October 7, 2015.

Earlier in March, the CBI had submitted its first interim report to the high court.

It was in December 2014 that a single judge bench of the high court had handed over the probe to the CBI and asked it to register an FIR against the dera head, after a complaint by Fatehabad resident Hansraj Chauhan, who alleged that 400 dera followers had been castrated on the dera premises in 2000 on the promise that it would lead to realisation of God.

The high court also directed for status reports be submitted to it from time to time.

The CBI had registered FIRs against the dera head and some others in this connection. The single judge order has also been challenged by Ram Rahim in the high court division bench, where proceedings are underway.

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