The controversial head of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh would present a list of 'relevant witnesses' before the Punjab and Haryana high court in connection with a rape case against him being heard at a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court in Panchkula.
During the resumed hearing on Friday, the bench of justice Daya Chaudhary asked the dera head's counsel in the open court hearing to bring a list of defence witnesses out of total 98 witnesses which his counsel thought 'relevant.' The 28 witnesses have already been examined in the case.
The high court was hearing a plea by the dera head wherein he has challenged the decision of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court, Haryana, to curtail the list of witnesses in the rape case.
The argument on the plea would continue on next Wednesday. In the open court, the HC said it would examine the list submitted by Ram Rahim's counsel and take a final decision as to who should be examined.
The dera head's counsel appealed to the court that lower court be directed to not to close the examination of defence witnesses during Saturday's hearing. However, the court refused to pass any order.
On the other hand, CBI counsel SS Sandhu opposed his plea and said that the HC should not close any window for the lower court and no order should be passed in this regard.
The trial court recently had curtailed the list of Ram Rahim's defence witnesses. He had produced a list of 98 witnesses of which 28 had been examined.
The CBI special court had recently ordered that it would allow just one more defence witness in the rape case that dates back 2002.