Sirsa, August 26: CBI judge Jagdeep Singh yesterday held Ram Rahim, the 50-year-old flamboyant chief of the dera, guilty of rape in a case that was registered on the basis of an anonymous written complaint in 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers.
At least 32 people were killed and 250 injured in widespread violence, arson and police firing in Haryana yesterday, triggered by the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a sexual exploitation case.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim faces a minimum of 7-year jail sentence and maximum life term. The punishment will be announced on 28th August, 2017.
While 28 people were killed in Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence, two died in Sirsa.
The Haryana Police on Saturday said the jailed godman will not be brought to Panchkula for the sentencing on Monday. Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) B.S. Sandhu told the media here on Saturday that the sect chief would not be brought back to the Panchkula court over security concerns.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim has not been given special facility in the jail. Ram Rahim has been kept as a simple prisoner and there is no special facility for him. No helper has been kept with him. Ram Rahim has been given the prisoner number- 1997.
Haryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi denied that the convicted godman was being provided VIP treatment by the state and the police in prison. The DGP and Chief Secretary, however, could not explain why a woman, said to be the sect chief's daughter, was allowed to board the helicopter used to transfer the godman to the prison after he was taken into custody. Panchkula town, adjoining here, where the CBI court announced the verdict, bore the brunt of violence unleashed by thousands of Dera supporters on Friday and resembled a war zone with a trail of 29 deaths, burnt vehicles and properties worth crores damaged or torched.