The special CBI court here on Saturday came down heavily on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for "playing fraud with the court" and dismissed his four applications in a rape case.
Ram Rahim had moved court to allow his handwriting expert RV Vashisht to examine the signature of one of the rape victims on a letter written by her. The letter, as per Ram Rahim, is a very important document in his defence. The letter was written by the alleged rape victim on her last day at the dera and she doesn't mention about the rape in it, claims Ram Rahim.
He pleaded that as per the Supreme Court order (May 1), he should be allowed a handwriting expert of his own choice to examine the letter.
Pulling up Ram Rahim, the CBI court pointed out that he had hidden crucial facts from the Supreme Court - that the trial court had passed an order on April 6 for examining the handwriting through central forensic science laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, and his revised application for taking more handwriting samples of the rape victim had been dismissed.
"In my opinion, the accused-applicant (Ram Rahim) did an act of deliberate deception with the design of securing some advantage…it reflects the petitioner's mindset which undisputedly authorises this court to think that the accused is treating the courts as a library where children come to play," observed CBI special judge RK Yadav.
It added, "His action also depicts an attitude where one thinks that he is entitled to play game of chess in court of law and propriety."
"I am of the considered opinion that in this case, the maxim 'suppress can vary expression falsely' applies. To my mind, it appears that the accused-applicant had collectively concealed the fact before the Supreme Court and this was done by him to gain advantage by such factual suppression," observed the judge.
"Consequently, I have no hesitation to say that the litigant, who is bound to produce all relevant documents to the litigation, withholds a vital document to gain advantage, would be guilty of playing fraud with the court as well as opposite party. If it is so, without commenting upon the merits, I am of the considered opinion that any order, judgment or decree, whether passed by first court or by final is to be treated as nullity by every court superior or inferior," he said.
In 2002, anonymous letters stating that sadhvis at the Dera Sacha Sauda were facing sexual exploitation were circulated following which the CBI registered a case on the orders of the high court.