In a jolt to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court, Haryana, on Wednesday dismissed his application for taking writing samples of one of the rape victims for matching with disputed handwriting on a letter. He claims that the letter, which is an important part of his defence, was of the victim who wrote it on her last day at Dera and it did not contain any rape allegations. In the letter, he has been extolled as “Pitaji”.
There are two rape victims in the case.
On April 18, the Chandigarh-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) had informed CBI court that the handwriting evaluation results remained inconclusive as there was not sufficient material to test about author of the letter. After that Ram Rahim had filed the application for taking more samples.
“We had opposed the application as it was frivolous. There is no need to call the victim and take her handwriting samples. And the defence evidence had already been closed. The case is now listed for May 11 for day to day hearing. Now, the arguments will be heard,” said CBI counsel HPS Verma.
“We will go through the order and will approach the high court,” said Vishal Garg Narwana, counsel for Ram Rahim.
In 2002, anonymous letters were circulated about sexual exploitation of sadhvis at dera sacha sauda following which the CBI registered the case on the orders of the high court. Both the prosecution and defence evidence had been closed in the case.
CBI special court, Haryana, on Wednesday allowed the application of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to go to Nepal for carrying out relief work there in view of massive destruction caused there due to earthquake. He claimed that he had already sent 2 lakh paranthas by air to Nepal and has planned to go along with 2,000 volunteers along with teams of carpenters, masons, doctors, paramedical staff and tons of relief material.