Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is facing trial in murder cases of Ranjit Singh and Ram Chander Chattrapati at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Court, Haryana, has got a stay order from the Punjab and Haryana high court on pronouncement of the final order. The fact was disclosed to the trial court on Thursday that the high court had already granted him relief.
As the high court has fixed the matter on February 18, the lower court listed both the cases on February 20. But for the HC stay, final arguments would have started in both the cases on Thursday. The issue reached the high court as the accused wanted to get some more witnesses examined.
Dera manager 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. Along with the 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 going on inside the dera.
The dera chief is also facing a rape case wherein the Punjab and Haryana high court has also granted a stay on pronouncement of the final order. The next date in this case in the high court is on March 18. HTC