CBI court dismisses dera chief's plea to go abroad

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2015 23:14 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court, Panchkula, on Monday dismissed fresh application of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to go abroad for 11 more days.

Earlier, the court had approved Ram Rahim's application for going abroad for 15 days, but this time he listed Hong Kong, Thailand, Mauritius, Nepal and Maldives in the application for promoting his movie.

Ram Rahim had pleaded to visit abroad to promote his movie in the UK, the US, Nepal, Australia and Dubai from February 20 to March 5.

"Now, it has come to the notice of the court that the accused had visited only UAE and is in Dubai. Earlier, the application was allowed as the accused wanted to promote his movie abroad. The accused could have mentioned his desire to visit other countries in the earlier application."

The court observed: "The accused has no necessity to visit Hong Kong, Thailand, Mauritius, Nepal and Maldives to promote his film. This time, the accused has not filed any material to substantiate his contention. There is nothing on the file to suggest that the film is to be released in these countries."

CBI Special Judge Rakesh Kumar Yadav said this was the third application filed by the accused to go abroad. This reflected that the accused had filed the application without any reason and that too at the fag end of his trial.

The case of sexual harassment against the accused is pending for March 5, 2015, and likely to be disposed of within a few days. The application of the accused is devoid of merit. Personal liberty of a person should not be curtailed during a trial. However, when the case is likely to be decided within a few days, the liberty to visit abroad may be curtained in the interest of justice, the judge said.

Ram Rahim is facing two murder and a rape case in the CBI special court.

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