Ranjit Singh murder case: Gurmeet Ram Rahim, 4 others awarded life imprisonment
Special CBI court in Panchkula on Monday awarded life imprisonment to all the accused, including Dera Sacha Sauda's Gurmeet Ram Rahim and four others Ranjit Singh murder case.
Panchkula: Special CBI court in Panchkula on Monday awarded life imprisonment to all the accused, including Dera Sacha Sauda's Gurmeet Ram Rahim and four others Ranjit Singh murder case.
Also, a fine of Rs 31 Lakhs was levied on Ram Rahim and Rs 50,000 on the remaining accused.
The special court convicted him and four others on October 8 in the murder case. Ranjit Singh, a former follower of Ram Rahim, was shot dead on July 10, 2002, at Khanpur Kolian village in Haryana’s Kurukshetra. The CBI had sought a death sentence for Ram Rahim, who has pleaded for mercy.
According to the CBI, Ranjit Singh was murdered as Ram Rahim suspected that he was behind the circulation of an anonymous letter that revealed the sexual exploitation of woman followers at the dera.
On 25 August 2017, Ram Rahim was convicted of rape by a special CBI court. His conviction led to widespread violence from members of the DSS and simultaneous clashes with the police, which left several dead and injured. On 28 August 2017, Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
In January 2019, he and three others were convicted of the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and sentenced to life imprisonment. He is also facing prosecution for other murders and ordering forced castrations.