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Dera Sacha Sauda denies threatening witnesses

The sect denies issuing threats to witnesses in the cases of murder and sexual molestation against its chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2007 18:26 IST


The Dera Sacha Sauda on Thursday denied issuing threats to witnesses in the cases of murder and sexual molestation against its chief and said the CBI's allegations were part of a smear campaign by "political orchestrators".

"If there is any evidence of such threats, it needs to be given to law enforcement agencies for strict action. But, making allegations against the Dera has become fashionable," its spokesman Aditya Insaan said in a statement on Thursday.

He said the aim of "such rumours and insinuations" was to affect the judicial process "but people now have been able to see through the entire politically motivated gameplan".

"The statements attributed to Joginder Singh (father of Dera manager Ranjit Singh who was murdered) are entirely after having been cajoled by (All-India Anti Terrorist Front chief) MS Bitta who is known for his publicity-seeking antics," he said.

The statements alleged that the CBI chargesheet against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh were "a blatant abuse of the process of investigation" but said it trusted the court to put an end to "these mischievous insinuations".

Singh is facing cases in connection with the murder of Dera manager Ranjit Singh and sexual molestation of a 'sadhvi' at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana.

The CBI has written to Haryana police alleging the Dera was intimidating the witnesses and sought their protection.

The Dera chief has also been booked by Punjab police for hurting religious sentiments after he appeared in a dress similar to that of 10th Guru Gobind Singh.

First Published: Aug 09, 2007 18:13 IST