High Court admits pleas of Dera chief, rape victims
Chandigarh(DP Correspondent) – The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued notice to the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) and admitted separate petitions filed by two victims seeking life imprisonment for Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Besides, the High Court also admitted the petition of Dera Sacha Sauda chief challenging his 20-year sentence in a rape case. As the hearing in the case was began, Division Bench comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sudhir Mittal directed the counsel of Dera chief to deposit Rs 30 lakh as fine, which was imposed by the special CBI court on Dera chief with a nationalised bank within two months.“The revision petitions filed by rape victims for enhancing the sentence to life imprisonment for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been admitted,” said counsel for the victims Navkiran Singh. Dera chief’s counsel S K Garg Narwana also stated that “the court has also admitted Dera chief’s appeal challenging the conviction.” All the petitions will now be heard together. Narwana said, “the High Court has also directed Dera chief to deposit fine with a bank in the shape of FDR through the CBI court within two months.” He said that if our appeal is finalised in our favour, then we will get back money with interest.The jailed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court, challenging the order of the special CBI court of Panchkula which had sentenced him to 20-year imprisonment for raping two sadhvies (disciples). The CBI order was challenged on various grounds. Main ground for the challenge is delay of more than six years in recording the statements of the victims by the CBI. Two rape victims had also moved the High Court on October 4, seeking life imprisonment for the Dera Sacha Sauda chief. Ram Rahim was convicted by the special CBI court on August 25, following which violence and arson had erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa districts which left 41 people dead and many injured. Ram Rahim is currently lodged in Sunaria jail in Rohtak district. The case dates backs to 2002.
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