Chandigarh, Sep 16 (IANS) The hearing in two separate murder cases against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and others began here on Saturday in a special CBI court amid tight security.
While seven accused in the murder cases were present in the court in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, the jailed sect cheif took part in the hearing through video conferencing from the District Jail in Sunaria near Rohtak.
Singh has been lodged in the Rohtak jail following his conviction in August in two rape cases.
Tight security arrangements, including para-military forces and Haryana Police personnel, were seen in Panchkula town, especially around the court complex in Sector 1.
Security arrangements were tightened around the prison complex near Rohtak and in Sirsa district, where the headquarters of the sect are located.
The cases, 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 were listed for final arguments on Saturday in the court of special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh.
Final arguments in the murder case of journalist Chhatrapati are being held on Saturday.
The same court had, on August 25, convicted Ram Rahim on two counts of rape of his female disciples. He was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment by the CBI court on August 28.
Haryana Director General of Police B.S. Sandhu had said on Friday that adequate paramilitary and Haryana Police personnel had been stationed in Panchkula in view of the murder case hearing.
However, this time, no Dera followers assembled in Panchkula ahead of Saturday’s hearing, unlike the rape case hearing where over one lakh followers had converged in the town and had indulged in large-scale violence after his conviction.
Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002. He died in November, after battling for life in a hospital for a few days.
Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh, who was believed to be privy to a number of wrong things going on inside the sect headquarters, was shot dead in July 2003.
The sect chief is an accused in both murder cases, along with other accused, as these were carried out allegedly at his behest.
Ram Rahim’s conviction in August in the rape cases led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 38 people dead and 264 injured. Isolated incidents of violence were also reported from Delhi and several other places in Punjab. (source:IANS)
New Delhi, September 22, 2017: A few weeks after the sentence of self-styled Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Godman and a spiritual leader is ready to become a media sensation again through his upcoming biopic.
Titled, ‘Ab Hoga Insaaf’ (It is time for Justice) the film is based on the self-indulgent lifestyle of the charlatan. The film will reflect the real-life relationship of Rahim and his adopted daughter Honeypreet Insaan, who has worked in all the films under the franchise of Ram Rahim.
Bollywood actor Raza Murad will enact the role of Godman, whereas item girl Rakhi Sawant will play the role of Honeypreet. Ajaz Khan will be an investigation officer in the film. Sawant and her brother Rakesh Sawant are directing the film.
The release of the film is yet to be announced.
On 28th August, Indian court sentenced Singh with 20 years of imprisonment in a rape case that dates back to 2002. The women, who were also the follower of Singh, accused him of raping them in the headquarter of his organization ‘Dera Sacha Sauda’ in Sirsa.
Singh’s verdict followed lockdown in various parts of Haryana and Punjab, killing around two dozens of people and injuring more than 200.
The situation was so intense that police issued orders to shoot the violent protesters at sight.
Singh in 2015 started his franchise that portrayed him as “Messenger of God.” The Godman through his singing and dancing preached thousands of people and his sensation continuous with the upcoming release.
– Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_Desire
Gurmeet Ram Rahim will be growing vegetables in jail from next week
He will be paid Rs 20 for pruning trees eight hours a day
Ram Rahim has been preparing the plot, to start sowing the vegetables next week
Chandigarh, September 19, 2017: The self-proclaimed godman and the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda sect who built an empire worth crores, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will now be growing vegetables in jail. He will be paid Rs 20 for pruning trees eight hours a day.
There lies a small plot of vacant land, outside his Barrack, that measures about 900 sq yards. “He has been tasked to grow vegetables in this land,” said KP Singh, director general of Haryana prisons department, mentions the IANS report.
The convicts are assigned some or the other work depending on their skills, the officials mentioned.
Mr Singh also stated, that Ram Rahim for now has been preparing the plot in order to start sowing the vegetables next week.
“He has already taken up his work,” he added.
None of the skills that he used to build a whooping 800-acre campus were of any use to the jail. Whatever he produces now, however, will be used in the jail mess.
Dismissing all the reports mentioning Ram Rahim receives any special treatment, “It is (a) baseless and imaginary (report). No prisoner in jail is given any special treatment and that includes Ram Rahim,” Mr. Singh said,
“He is living in jail like any other ordinary inmate and he is living like a disciplined inmate. He is being provided the same food given to other prisoners.”
He even called the media reports about the 50 year old’s health baseless, “They just conducted a mock drill, but a section of media associated that to his health. He (Gurmeet) is healthy and doing fine,” he said.
The state’s top jail official denied the reports stating that Ram Rahim had asked to speak to Honeypreet Insaan, his adopted daughter.
Inmates are supposed to give a maximum of two phone numbers they can call. These phone numbers are first verified by the police and calls can be made only after the completion of the process.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in jail on August 28, for raping his two disciples. The 50 year old is lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail and is now known as prisoner number 1997.
-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha
Gurmeet Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Monday, but what took the case 15 years is the question that needs consideration
He’s not the only self-styled godman to have been involved in sexual assault controversies
One of the most controversial ‘guru’ to make it to the list is Asaram
New Delhi, August 29, 2017: Self-proclaimed godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, now known as Khaidi no. 1997, was sentenced to 20 years in jail in a rape case, on Monday. The Dera Sacha Sauda chief has been convicted of raping two women followers in a case that dates back to 2002.
It was in 2002 that a rape survivor, who was also a Sadhvi anonymously wrote a letter that, eventually, led to the downfall of the empire of Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The letter was addressed to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and described how the sect chief sexually exploited several women. It was later in 2003 that the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered CBI probe into the rape and sexual exploitation of the Sadhvis by the so called “Guru.”
The long wait for justice finally ended on Monday, but the question that arises is: What kept the case pending for 15 years? Was it the power and political connections of Ram Rahim? Could he be a major contributor to the vote banks be the reason for the unconscionable delay? To find the solution to this riddle is a tough job, and keeping in mind how our system works, might take another 15 years, but why was the justice delayed is a question that certainly deserves an answer.
One amongst myriads of the reason for the delay in justice was the horror of being threatened by Dera Chief and the co-conspirator. Many victims preferred to keep close mouthed than exposing the wrong doings at the Dera. Often those who opposed the Dera Chief were either murdered or menaced for doing so.
Not to forget the infamous murder of Ram Chandra Chhatrapati, the courageous journalist who exposed the debauched Ram Rahim. His son Anshul Chhatrapati has been fighting for justice for past 15 years, however, the case is still unresolved in the same CBI court which sentenced Dera chief 20 years of jail. Anshul called the sentence, the first tribute to his dead father.
He was merely 21 years old when his father was shot dead on October 24. Helpless Anshul wandered here and there to save his father who battled death for 28 days in the hospital. Policemen refused to lodge FIR against Dera chief back then, recalls Anshul while speaking to wionews.
Anshul also explained what kept justice for more than a decade:
“The CBI investigation was perpetually being thwarted by Congress and other local political parties. I give all the credit of bringing this case to justice to the CBI investigating officer who, against all odds and pressure from various political parties, did his work diligently. It is because of his work that today we have been able to seek justice”
When CBI probed into the matter back then, 17 sadhvis showed up but only two of them agreed to present in the court.
The official system of government should work upon instilling the confidence amongst the sufferers of torment the Dera Chief inflicted upon them. Many people have come forward to confront their plight openly, however, there are also many of them who live in constant suspicion and fear.
The fact that he’s not the only self styled godman to add to the list of those who have been involved in sexual assault controversies is not pleasing to know. According to The Indian Express report, a woman in Kerala chopped off the genitals of one of the ‘godman’ to defend herself from sexual assault. The minor attacker claimed that the attacker, who goes by the name of Ganga Shashwatapada Swamy, had repeatedly been raping her since past few years.
One of the most controversial ‘guru’ that makes it to the list is Asaram. About the complaint that lodged on August 20, 2013, Asaram on the pretext of giving the 16-year-old girl his blessings, raped her at his ashram in Jodhpur. After his arrest and the girl and her family’s willingness to speak out against Asaram, many more victims started to come out, reporting similar incidents against him. According to the reports, Asaram allegedly assaulted many victims, including both the ‘sevikas’ and minors from his ashram. The case is pending with the Supreme Court.
Asaram’s son, Narayan Sai has also been accused of rape and sexual assault. He’s currently in jail for the rape of a woman at one of Asaram’s ashrams.
Salute the judiciary for standing up for what is right. Wish justice is not delayed and hope is not lost for any victim of rape & abuse.
The judgment against Ram Rahim, however, has given the people hope that Justice could be delayed, but would not be denied.
– by Samiksha Goel and Naina Mishra of NewsGram
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