The disgraced chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, will appear before the court of special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh in connection with two separate murder cases today, September 16.
Security has been tightened in Panchkula town of Haryana where the hearing will be held.
The cases are related to the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh, allegedly by functionaries and followers of the sect.
According to reports, fifty-year-year-old Ram Rahim Singh will appear before a CBI special court through video conferencing.
The same court had, on August 25, convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on two counts of rape of female disciples.
Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after the evening newspaper ‘Poora Sach’, owned by him, published an anonymous letter narrating how the women were allegedly being sexually exploited by the sect head at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa.
Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh was allegedly shot dead in 2002. He was murdered for his suspected role in the circulation of the anonymous letter, which had made the sexual exploitation allegations.
The Haryana government today said it has put on hold Rs 51 lakh announced for the Dera Sacha Sauda in the wake of the conviction of sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in rape cases.
Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said Rs 51 lakh out of his discretionary funds quota to 'Khel Gaon' of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, stood withdrawn, keeping in view the verdict delivered by a CBI court convicting Ram Rahim Singh on August 25 in the rape cases.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment by the CBI court on August 28.
38 people died and 264 were injured in the violence that followed his conviction in places like Panchkula and Sirsa. Violence was also reported from Delhi and Punjab.