Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has moved the CBI special court of Panchkula for summoning original record of documents to prove that the investigative agency had obtained statements from his driver under pressure in a murder case.
The CBI is yet to file a reply to the application. Khatta Singh, Dera chief's driver, has been declared hostile in Ram Chander Chhatrapati murder case. He was the CBI's star witness as he had given statement under Section 164 of the CrPC that the Dera chief had ordered Chhatrapati's killing in his presence.
His cross-examination is yet to finish. The case is listed for July 28 now. The Dera chief wanted to have the original record of application of Khatta Singh to the Sirsa superintendent of police (dated April 26, 2007), complaining of CBI pressure and also his statement recorded by then deputy superintendent of police in this regard.
He also wanted to have application of Khatta Singh to special CBI judicial magistrate, Ambala, and an affidavit attached with it (dated March 29, 2007) under Section 164 of the CrPC.
In all these applications, he had claimed that the CBI wanted him to give false statements against the Dera chief to fix him in both Ranjit Singh and Chhatrapati murder cases. At that time the CBI court was in Ambala.
He had also asked for summoning clerk of the then SP office at Sirsa and record keepers concerned of the then CBI court. Along with the Dera chief, the other accused in the Chhatrapati murder case are Krishan Lal, Nirmal Singh and Kuldeep Singh.
The CBI alleged that Chhatrapati was murdered on October 24, 2002, for writing against the illegal activities inside the Dera. Earlier, Khatta Singh had stated that the Dera chief had ordered to kill Ranjit Singh for circulating letter of a sadhivi alleging sexual exploitation, but backtracked on February 11 in the CBI court.
In the murder of Ranjit Singh, which took place on July 10, 2002, besides the Dera chief, Krishan Lal, Jasbir, Indersen, Avtaar and Sabdil are also accused.