Former investigating officer (IO) in the rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh deposed before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court here on Thursday and claimed that the alleged victims did not make rape allegations in 2003.
It is the oldest rape trial in Panchkula district courts where the FIR was registered in 2002.
KL Raina, who deposed before the court, was the second IO in the rape case and associated with it for about 6 months in 2003. He was DSP at that time and later retired as SP.
It was in 2006 that statements of two victims were recorded again by another IO and Ram Rahim was chargesheeted.
The Supreme Court had recently allowed Ram Rahim’s application for directions to call Raina as a court witness.
Ram Rahim’s counsel SK Garg Narwana claimed Raina’s statement came as a relief to his client. “He has specifically stated that the two alleged rape victims on whose statements Ram Rahim is now facing trial did not allege rape in 2003 when the CBI had approached them. This is what we have been saying. When we levelled allegations against the (second) IO, he pressurised woman followers to allege rape in 2006,” said Narwana.
He added that KL Raina had recorded statements of around 100 female followers inside Ddera Sacha Sauda and outside, and nothing came out of it.
The cross examination of Raina is going on. However, CBI counsel HPS Verma differs. “It is a matter of fact that these two woman followers were fearful and under pressure and did not allege rape in 2003. Brother of one of the victims was murdered also which put pressure on other woman followers,” said CBI counsel. He added that Raina had told the court that one of the alleged rape victims had told him that everything was not right inside the dera.
Meanwhile, Ram Rahim has moved an application for copies of statements of two alleged rape victims recorded in 2003. The CBI has to file reply in the case.