The Punjab and Haryana high court has ordered the Bathinda chief judicial magistrate (CJM) to adjudicate upon the limitation period of summoning Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a case related to hurting the religious sentiments of Sikh community.
The court headed by justice Surinder Gupta, while disposing of the case, also directed the complainant to appear before the Bathinda trial court on March 22.
Ram Rahim's counsel informed the court that limitation period (time specified for taking cognisance of an offence) of summoning the Dera head in the case was over after which a fresh order needed to be passed by the trial court. However, the state police have already filed a cancellation report in the case before the trial court.
It was on April 2, 2012, when the CJM had ordered the Dera head to appear in his court. Ram Rahim had sought exemption from personal appearance in court in a case in which he was, in the first-information (FIR) filed in the Kotwali police station of Bathinda, charged with hurting Sikh sentiments in May 2007, by appearing in an attire similar to that of Guru Gobind Singh in paintings.