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Dera Sacha Sauda chief wants CBI official as defence witness

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has filed another application before the CBI special court, Haryana, in the rape case against him for examining then additional SP of CBI, KL Raina, who was once the investigating officer (IO) in the case, as his defence witness.

punjab Updated: Jul 15, 2016 16:16 IST
HT Correspondent
Some anonymous letters addressed to then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court, alleging sexual exploitation of female followers at the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, were circulated in 2002.
Some anonymous letters addressed to then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court, alleging sexual exploitation of female followers at the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, were circulated in 2002.(HT File Photo)

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has filed another application before the CBI special court, Haryana, in the rape case against him for examining then additional SP of CBI, KL Raina, who was once the investigating officer (IO) in the case, as his defence witness.

According to dera chief’s plea, Raina must have recorded the statements of both the alleged rape victims under section 161 of CrPC which was not made part of challan. He also alleged that the CBI had intentionally given him up as witness on December 4, 2010.

The dera chief said that Raina had remained IO in the case for a long time. He claimed that he had met the victims and must have recorded their statements and also of other woman followers.

He said, “Raina was a material and necessary witness for the just decision in the case, so his examination as court witness, along with his case diary (sic), was essential to decide this case in a just fair manner.”

Meanwhile, the CBI opposed the application on Thursday.

At present, defence arguments are going on in this case.

Some anonymous letters addressed to then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court, alleging sexual exploitation of female followers at the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa, were circulated in 2002. On September 24, 2002, the high court had handed over the case to the CBI.