7 castrated followers deny dera head's pressure
The case pertaining to allegations against Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of forcible castration of his nearly 400 followers took a new turn on Friday when seven of his followers in their statements said they were not pressured by anyone but had on their own undergone castration.Updated: Feb 28, 2014 20:57 IST
The case pertaining to allegations against Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of forcible castration of his nearly 400 followers took a new turn on Friday when seven of his followers in their statements said they were not pressured by anyone but had on their own undergone castration.
In a reply submitted to the court headed by justice Ritu Bahri, on Friday, by Sirsa assistant superintendent of police Rajender Kumar Meena, it was informed that, "All these persons have stated that they do not want to get themselves medically examined."
Meena informed the court that since the dera followers have given statements that they had undergone castration at their own sweet will the allegations do not stand proved.
The seven persons are Nirmal Singh and Kuldip Singh of Faridkot (lodged in Ambala Central Jail), Jagdev Singh of Sirsa; Avinash Kumar of Muktsar; Radhey Shyam of Sriganganagar; Iqbal Singh of Hanumangarh and Krishan Lal (now a permanent resident of Dera Sacha Sauda).
However, in his reply the dera head, who took over from Shah Satnam in 1990, said the petitioner, Hans Raj Chauhan, had levelled "false and fabricated allegations". Ram Rahim submitted that Chauhan had not followed the legal process and rather than approaching the state police first he directly approached the high court. He added that had the police or any other authority refused to discharge their legal obligation, the petitioner could have then approached the court, as per the procedure.
Ram Rahim added "some disgruntled people are bent upon to create some false evidence by filing this false petition". Also, the dera head informed that though Chauhan claimed to have been castrated in 2000, he approached the court after 12 years and thus the petition was barred by principles of delay.
Denying several allegations, the dera head also submitted that it was incorrect that he had ever bestowed 'amrit' (holy water) on any persons by his own hands and never told that the Tenth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, baptised only five Sikhs and he would baptise hundreds like them.
The case would now come up for hearing on March 25.
First Published: Feb 28, 2014 20:54 IST