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Murder cases against Gurmeet Ram Rahim in final leg

punjab Updated: Feb 07, 2016 16:06 IST
HT Correspondent
Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is one of the accused in murder cases of Ranjit Singh, a dera follower, and journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.(HT File Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court, Haryana, dismissed five applications of the accused and listed Ranjit Singh and Ram Chander Chhatrapati murder cases for final arguments on February 11. After final arguments, the orders will be pronounced in both the cases where Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is also an accused.

“These applications were intentionally filed at the fag end of the trial to delay the pronouncement of orders. Similarly, in the rape case against dera chief, they have approached a higher court and are seeking adjournments to delay the order. Thirteen years have passed since the crimes took place. Now, the cases are in the final leg,” said CBI counsel HPS Verma said.

There was an application from dera chief for postponing the Ranjit Singh murder case, saying high court had listed a connected petition for March 18, but it was dismissed.

Similar applications were also filed by Krishan Lal, former dera manager, who is an accused in both the cases, which were also dismissed. Also, he filed applications for getting examined three doctors as he wanted to prove that he was tortured in custody in 2005. These applications were dismissed.

Dera member Ranjit Singh’s murder took place on July 10, 2002.

The CBI has been alleging that Ram Rahim suspected him to be behind circulation of an anonymous letter of a female Dera follower, levelling allegations of sexual exploitation against him, which led to the murder.

Ranjit Singh was shot in the head in Kurukshetra. Along with Dera chief, Krishan Lal, Jasbir, Indersen, Avtaar, and Sabdil are accused in the case.

Journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot at on October 23, 2002. Along with Dera chief, Krishan Lal, Nirmal Singh and Kuldeep are co-accused in the case. The CBI alleges that he was murdered for publishing news about ‘illegal’ activities inside Dera Sacha Sauda.

Dera chief is also facing a rape case where the Punjab and Haryana high court has put a stay on pronouncement of final order. The next hearing in this case in the high court is on March 18.