Observing that state police was awed by Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday remarked that if the self-styled godman were go to a police station, the cops would declare a holiday and close the station.
The remarks were from the bench of justice K Kannan, which was hearing the petition of Hans Raj Chauhan, a former follower of the dera who had levelled mass castration charges against the sect head.
The high court was miffed over the non-compliance of its order of November 17, wherein it had directed the police to make a full fledged inquiry on the circumstances under which such surgeries were made, and had also directed that an interim report be submitted on December 17.
Saying that they had got the list of those who were allegedly castrated, two days ago, the government counsel reiterated its earlier response that seven persons examined by the police told the cops that they had subjected themselves to castration.
Justice Kannan asked the police why it had not questioned the dera chief and others in the list. “You have not done enough to protect your honour,” observed the court.
While Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s counsel tried to intervene and submitted that the dera chief would himself go to police on a date fixed by the court for further examination, the court asked why the police was not ready to go to him.
“They (police) will declare a holiday and close the police stations. They are overawed by his aura. They think he is a demigod,” the bench remarked and reserved judgement in the case.
Former Dera Sacha Sauda follower Chauhan had moved the high court in 2012 alleging that he had been castrated along with 400 other followers. He had called for handing over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
After the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power, he had again moved the HC submitting that the case be investigated by an independent agency as he feared the police would not be able to investigate the case with BJP government taking over the reigns in the state. The dera head had openly supported the BJP in assembly polls.