The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday impleaded Sirsa Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim as a party in an ongoing case of alleged castration of around 400 followers at his behest and issued notice to him.
The petition filed by a dera follower Hans Raj Chauhan, who claimed to have been castrated along with others, came up for hearing before a bench headed by justice AK Mittal on Friday.
Allowing the petitioner's applications seeking directions to the Haryana government for carrying out his medical examination and also of seven other 'sadhus', who he claimed were involved in criminal acts at the behest of the dera head, the bench also issued notice of motion to the state government.
The petitioner apprised the bench that the seven 'sadhus' who also had undergone castration at the dera hospital in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan, were involved in criminal activities on dera head's directions.
These include Nirmal Singh and Kuldip Singh of Green Colony, Faridkot; Jagdev Singh of Sirsa; Avinash Kumar of Muktsar; Radhey Shyam of Sriganganagar; Iqbal Singh of Hanumangarh (now permanent resident of dera); and Krishan Lal, now detained in central jail, Ambala.
Chauhan, a resident of Bazigar mohalla of Fatehabad district, has alleged that the dera doctors castrated the petitioner and others by promising they would become one with God through dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim if they underwent the operation.
The petitioner claimed to have a list of 166 such 'sadhus' with him. The court was informed that 'sadhus' Nirmal Singh, Kuldip Singh and Krishan Lal were accused along with dera head in the murder case of Ram Chander Chhatrapati, a journalist who wrote articles in his newspaper 'Poora Sach' in 2002. He added that all these 'sadhus' were too committed even to die and kill for the sake of their guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
The court was told that due to castration, the petitioner and others faced hormonal imbalance in their bodies, leading to loss of body hair etc. They had become incapable of procreation and had to face humiliation at the hands of general public that treated them as eunuchs.
The case would now come up for hearing on October 10.