Rapist Ram Rahim jailed for 10 yrs: 10 major developments

Rohtak (Haryana), Aug 28:  Rape convict Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to 10 years jail for the rape and sexual exploitation of two female disciples. Here are the 10 major developments: 

-Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court judge Jagdeep Singh, who announced the sentence, had on Friday held the Dera chief guilty of rape and criminal intimidation of the two female disciples in 1999. -The Dera chief was flown to Rohtak jail on Friday after the conviction. The sentencing was announced inside the jail premises by the CBI special judge.

-Media reports said Ram Rahim broke down and asked for forgiveness with folded hands when the sentence was read out. He then refused to leave the court room, in the jail library, said the report.

- To avoid more trouble it was decided that CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh should pronounce the sentence in the jail, rather than bring Ram Rahim back to his court in Panchkula, near Chandigarh.

- At least 38 people were killed and hundreds injured on Friday in Haryana and Punjab, which had seen widespread violence by his  followers after his conviction on Friday. Most of the dead were shot by police who had opened fire to quell the protests.

-A multi-layer security cordon manned by police and 23 companies of paramilitary forces was thrown in and around Rohtak and also around the jail. The Army has been kept on standby while all routes to the jail were sealed.

-Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape in a case that stemmed from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by the CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 

-The special CBI court framed charges against Ram Rahim under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC in September 2008. Between 2009 and 2010, the two complainants recorded their statements before the court. The special CBI court shifted from Ambala to Panchkula and the case against Dera chief was also transferred to Panchkula CBI Court.

-Haryana and Punjab remained on high alert with officials warning that violent miscreants will be shot at sight, describing the security situation as "challenging".

-Schools and other educational institutions remained shut in Haryana while these will also remain closed in sensitive districts in Punjab.