Panchkula court, India on Friday (Jan 11) convicted jailed self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others in the case pertaining to murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati. Security has been beefed up in Haryana section 144 has been imposed in nearby districts.
The quantum of sentence will be announced on January 17. Three others who have been convicted are Nirmal Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Krishan Lal. The 51-year-old sect head is currently serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan (born 15 August 1967) is the head of the Indian social group Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) since 1990.
On Tuesday, the special CBI court in Panchkula had accepted the state’s plea and allowed presence of Ram Rahim through video-conferencing for the hearing. He was named the main conspirator in the case dating back to 2002. Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after his newspaper, ‘Poora Sach’, had published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Ram Rahim at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa.
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19 January, 2019