The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday opposed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s application for permission to go abroad for promoting his film ‘MSG: The Messenger’, claiming that he could flee the country as the trial is about to conclude in the rape case.
Ram Rahim wanted to promote his film in the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Dubai (UAE) and was seeking permission from February 20 to March 5 to go abroad. He is facing two murder cases and a rape case at the CBI special court, Haryana.
On the dera chief’s plea that ‘MSG’ was giving a message to stop prostitution, drugs and crime against children, the CBI said he was into self-praising. “…the accused in this case is facing trial in respect of sexual exploitation and rape having been committed by him on sadhvis in Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, and two victims have specifically deposed against him during the course of the trial. Now the accused is making an attempt to divert the attention of the hon’ble court from the real facts and circumstances…,” the CBI said.
“…the accused wants to leave the country at the fag-end of the trial and there is every apprehension of the accused fleeing away from the court of justice and that he will not return, thereby causing unnecessary delay in the decision of the case,” the CBI added.
Ram Rahim has reasoned before the court that millions of rupees had been spent on producing ‘MSG’, which is going to be released on February 13, and “nowadays there is a trend in the entire film industry in India as well as abroad that the cast of the film goes abroad for the promotion/advertisement of the film before and after its release.”
CBI counsel HPS Verma told the court, “…spending of millions of rupees by the accused in producing the film has got nothing to do with the facts and circumstances of the present case. The hon’ble court has also got nothing to do with the alleged trend in the film industry about the cast of the film going abroad for the promotion/ advertisement of the film.”
The CBI special court will pronounce its order on whether to allow Ram Rahim to leave the country on Wednesday.