Dera head wants private expert to check rape victim’s letter

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: May 12, 2015 17:01 IST

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Monday filed an application before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court, Haryana, for examination of a letter written by one of the rape victims by a private expert.

Ram Rahim claimed that the letter, which is an important part of his defence, was of the victim who wrote it on her last day at Dera and it did not contain any rape allegations. In the letter, he has been extolled as “Pitaji”.

Notably, there are two rape victims in the case.

On April 18, the Chandigarhbased Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) had informed CBI court that the handwriting evaluation results remained inconclusive as there was not sufficient material to test the authenticity of the letter. After that Ram Rahim had filed the application for taking more samples. In 2002, anonymous letters were circulated about sexual exploitation of sadhvis at the dera following which the CBI registered a case after orders from the Punjab and Haryana high court. Both the prosecution and defence evidence had been closed in the case.

After a favourable order from the apex court, Ram Rahim on Monday got three more witnesses examined in the rape case against him.

Risal Singh, Gurdial Tenaja and Dharam Singh deposed before the court and recorded their statements. CBI counsel HPS Verma informed that Risal told the court on Monday that he was in security of Ram Rahim, a claim which fell through during cross-examination. “During cross examination, he failed to produce any evidence that he was deployed as security guard at the dera,” said Verma.

Gurdial Tenaja had typed the affidavit of one of the rape victim in which she had given a clean chit to Ram Rahim. The affidavit is important part of Ram Rahim’s defence. In the cross examination, he failed to prove that the affidavit was typed by him.

Dharam Singh, cook of Ram Rahim, told the court that he used to accompany Ram Rahim during court proceedings and the allegations leveled against him are false. “In the cross examination, when asked whether he had lodged any complaint with the police regarding false allegations, to which he said no,” informed Verma.

The CBI will submit its reply on May 16.

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