Castration row: CBI finds dera chief’s ex-driver Khatta Singh among victims
During its probe, the CBI examined Ram Rahim’s 128 devotees who had allegedly been castrated.Updated: Feb 13, 2018 22:20 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s recent chargesheet against rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim of the Dera Sacha Sauda and two others in a case involving the forced castration of several members of the former’s religious organisation has revealed that Rahim’s former driver Khatta Singh was among the victims.
According to the chargesheet, Khatta Singh deposed before a judicial magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC ) stating that he was castrated inside the dera (religious organisation) by Dr MP Singh and Dr Pankaj Garg at the behest of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in 2002.
According to his testimony, the dera chief was present during his castration.“He (Rahim) deceived me and others and got us castrated against our wish,” Khatta is quoted as saying in the chargesheet that was filed in the special CBI court of judicial magistrate Kapil Rathi on February 1.
Khatta was CBI’s witness in two murder cases, but he turned hostile during his testimony in the Panchkula CBI court in 2012.His plea to re-testify against dera chief is pending before the high court and will be heard on February 20.
128 people examined
During its probe, the CBI examined 128 devotees who had allegedly been castrated from a list of 166 names that former dera follower Hans Raj Chauhan had shared in his petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court. The CBI started the probe in 2015.
When contacted, Khatta said, “...we remained slaves under him and never questioned his orders.”
“After his (Rahim’s) conviction in the rape case, we hope for speedy justice not only in castration case, but other murder trials pending against him,” he said.
“Khatta Singh’s testimony as a castrated victim reflects that he was privy to wrongdoings inside the dera,” his counsel Navkiran Singh said.
Hearing the matter on Monday, Judge Kapil Rathi summoned all three accused on February 28 for arguments on framing of charges. The dera chief is now lodged inside Rohtak’s Sunaria jail after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape.
First Published: Feb 13, 2018 22:17 IST