Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted in Ranjit Singh murder case, sentence to be pronounced on October 12
The Dera chief Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in connection with raping two of his women followers and the murder of a journalist in August 2017.
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, already serving sentence for rape has been convicted of the murder of his disciple, Ranjit Singh on Friday.
A special CBI court in Haryana convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and four others in connection to the 2002 murder case.
Ram Rahim and his co-accused have been convicted under Section 302 (murder) of IPC. The Special CBI court will pronounce the sentence on October 12.
The other accused are Avtar Singh, Dera manager Krishan Lal and shooters Jasbir Singh and Sabdil Singh. Another accused Inder Sain passed away in October 2020.
The Dera chief Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in connection with raping two of his women followers and the murder of a journalist in August 2017.
Essentially, the son of the deceased Ranjeet Singh (murdered by Ram Rahim Singh) had sought the transfer of the case to another CBI court in Punjab, Haryana, or Chandigarh on the ground that the presiding judge conducting the trial was unduly influenced by the accused through a public prosecutor of CBI, LiveLaw reported.
However, dismissing his plea, the Bench of Justice Avneesh Jhingan had opined that the apprehensions of the petitioner weren't reasonable, but were based upon surmises and conjectures.
On July 10, 2002, Ranjit Singh, was shot dead near his fields in Khanpur Kolian village of Kurukshetra district. He had reportedly developed differences with the Dera chief after the allegations of rape of sadhvis surfaced.