The high court on Friday issued a notice to the Haryana government on a petition by Satlok ashram head Rampal seeking quashing of a first information report (FIR) against him for the November 2014 violence and seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the deaths reported in the violence.
The notice was issued by the single-judge bench of justice Fateh Deep Singh, seeking the state’s response by January 22.
Rampal’s counsel SK Garg Narwana said that during the November 2014 crackdown by the police to arrest Rampal, a woman had died. The police had registered an FIR against Rampal on the charges of murder and criminal conspiracy. But, later the post-mortem examination found that she died of pneumonia.
The counsel contended that Rampal was being falsely implicated by the police and all the deaths, reported during the incident, should be probed by the CBI to ascertain truth.
The petitioner has also sought quashing of murder charges against him by cops in this case. Besides, attempt to murder, murder, destroying public property, and violating the Arms Act, Rampal is accused of waging war against the state in the matter.
Rampal is presently behind bars. The police and paramilitary forces had smoked him out of his ashram after days of operation, in which six people were killed, on November 19, 2014.
The high court had ordered his arrest as he was evading personal appearance in a contempt of court case.