Dera Sachha Sauda Chief Baba Ram Rahim Singh convicted of rape

Posted August 25, 2017

PANCHKULA, Haryana-In a major blow to the Sirsa cult, the CBI Court of Panchkula, headed by Justice Jagdeep Singh, has held that Gurmeet Ram Rahim is guilty of raping two of his female disciples.

Amid tension ahead of the verdict, the Dera head has appealed to his followers to maintain calm and peace. When they are advised to leave the district because they are breaking section 144 which is implemented here, then they replied that they would not leave and they are not afraid of Police.

Following this, internet along with bus and other transport facilities has been suspended for 72 hours.

Six columns of Army, comprising a total of 500 to 600 soldiers were deployed in Panchkula. The Dera followers pelted stones and broke security cordon. The apex court has also ordered to make a fixed deposit of Rs 9 Lakh for the rape survivor and asked hospital to keep her medical records in a sealed cover.

He is likely to reach Panchkula by about 2:00 pm (260 km distance) by road.

Meanwhile, Ram Rahim Singh left his dera in Sirsa to appear before the court in a convoy of 15 vehicles, comprising his bullet proof Land Cruisers and police pilot and escort vehicles.

The situation was worsening in parts of Punjab, mainly in Malwa region, the stronghold of Dera Sacha Sauda.

The sect chief was present in the court when the judgment was given in Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh.

The irate mob, who outnumbered the security personnel, went on a rampage at different places of Punjab and Delhi.

Expressing gratitude to the media for highlighting the exact situation, the judges said they had information that some followers of the Dera chief might resort to self-immolation in case the verdict goes against the sect leader.

Singh, one of the most powerful men in India, runs the 69-year-old sect from its ashram headquarters on a sprawling, 1,000-acre Haryana property that includes a hotel, cinema, cricket stadium and schools. Keeping in mind the anger of the followers, the verdict was announced in high secrecy with only 7 people inside the court.

Besides the rape charges, Singh was also under investigation over allegations that he convinced 400 of his male followers to undergo castration on the promises of becoming closer to God.