Ram Rahim withdraws application seeking permission to go to Nepal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, PANCHKULA/SIRSA
  • Updated: May 16, 2015 22:23 IST

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Saturday withdrew his application seeking permission to go to Nepal again for 15 days after the arguments during the ongoing proceedings before the CBI special court, Haryana, here.

Ram Rahim had earlier been allowed to go to the quake-hit Nepal for about 15 days for carrying out rehabilitation work in April. After that he again moved an application seeking permission to visit the Himalayan country from May 15 to May 30.

Meanwhile, the CBI on Saturday opposed Ram Rahim's application, moved through his counsel SK Garg Narwana, to get examined a handwriting expert to analyse disputed handwriting of one of the rape victims in a letter. The plea was moved by the dera chief following apex court's order in his favour.

The letter, as contended by the defence side, was written by the alleged rape victim on her last day at the dera and gives clean chit to Ram Rahim as there is no mention of sexual assault. It is an important part of Ram Rahim's defence.

There are two rape victims in the case.

"Had there been any material in the application of Ram Rahim, the apex court would have allowed it and wouldn't have referred the matter to trial court. Also, the trial court had already settled the matter by referring the matter to Chandigarh-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL). The CFSL has already given its report," informed CBI counsel HPS Verma.

In 2002, anonymous letters were circulated about sexual exploitation of sadhvis at the Dera Sacha Sauda, following which the CBI registered the case on the orders of the high court. Both the prosecution and defence evidence has been closed in the case.

Along with the rape case, Ram Rahim is also facing two murder cases where defence evidence has been going on.

The court has fixed the next hearing in these cases on May 30.

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