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Ram Rahim produces victim's affidavit witness in his defence

punjab Updated: Apr 13, 2014 01:09 IST
HT Correspondent

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is accused in a rape case, produced a witness on Saturday who had signed on a victim's affidavit where she had given a clean chit to him. There are two victims in the case and the said affidavit was allegedly signed by one of them.

The affidavit bearing October 4, 2002, as date was signed in Fatehabad. Rajinder Kumar who works as a transporter appeared before the court and claimed that he was the witness on the affidavit and identified his signature.

The affidavit is claimed to be then handed over to Dera Sacha Sauda.

HPS Verma, counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case said, "The victim had already denied the affidavit. She had revealed during her cross examination earlier in the court proceedings that her sister-in-law had forcibly got her signatures on the affidavit and she had never visited Fatehabad to sign it. She was in Hisar at that time."

Dr Sameer Behl, working at Shah Satnamji Chatitable Trust Hospital in Ganganagar (Rajasthan), who appeared on the behalf of Ram Rahim, told the court that the victim and her husband had visited him and he had treated the victim's husband. The visit to Dera Sacha Sauda's hospital had taken place after the woman had made allegations against Ram Rahim.

However, Verma said the victim had already stated that she had visited the hospital as her in-laws had forced her to seek treatment there.

Khatta Singh, prime witness in the rape and murder cases against Ram Rahim, had approached advocate Charanjit Singh after the court rejected his application for recording statement under Section 164 of the CrPC as he was not sponsored by the prosecution agency. After that a review application was filed, which was also dismissed. Later, the CBI approached him and got recorded his statement against Ram Rahim under Section 164 of the CrPC.

The prosecution evidence has already been recorded in the case and both the rape victims had stood by their statements. The next date for hearing has been fixed for April 26 when all the defence witnesses have been called.

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