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Castration of Sirsa dera followers: Probe going at snail’s pace, says HC

punjab Updated: Oct 07, 2015 21:23 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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The Punjab and Haryana high court expressed unhappiness over the slow pace of investigation into the allegations of castration of dera followers against Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The central agency on Wednesday submitted the third report on its investigations so far in a sealed cover, which after perusal by the single judge bench of justice RK Jain was again put in a sealed envelope.

The report was submitted by CBI counsel Sukhdeep Singh Sandhu while seeking at least three months for another report.

The high court bench, while directing the CBI to file another report by December 10, asked it to speed up the probe as it observed that the investigations were going on at a snail’s pace.

In December 2014, a high court single judge bench had handed over the probe being conducted by Haryana Police to the CBI asking it to register an FIR against the dera head on the complaint of Fatehabad resident Hansraj Chauhan. It was also directed that the status reports be submitted to high court from time to time.

Chauhan had moved the high court, alleging that 400 dera followers had been castrated on the dera premises around the year 2000 on the promise that it would lead to “realisation of God”.

The CBI had registered FIRs against the dera head and others in this connection. The single judge order has also been challenged by Ram Rahim in the high court in a division bench, where proceedings are underway.