The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday adjourned proceedings against Haryana ashram head Rampal in an alleged human sacrifice case as the government sought more time for to file reply.
The court of justice Ritu Bahari, following the state government’s submissions posted the matter for further hearing for December 24.
A farmer from Narwana, Hari Kesh had moved the high court seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of his son Randhir at the ashram. He had accused Rampal and his followers of murdering his son and carrying out human sacrifices at the ashram.
Following the petition, the HC had issued notices to the Haryana government, Hisar senior superintendent of police (SSP), Barwala station house officer (SHO) and the CBI.
As per the petitioner, on August 21 Randhir was found hanging in a bathroom at the ashram. The autopsy suggested that the cause of death was strangulation and not asphyxia, yet the police did not see it fit to investigate the matter.
Rampal is currently in police custody in Hisar in connection with various cases slapped against him for the violence reported at his Barwala ashram during the ‘operation arrest’ carried out by the state police to execute non-bailable warrants issued against him by the HC in a contempt case.