Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Friday convicted by a special Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) court in a 15-year old rape case. The argument on his sentencing will begin on Monday.
He is likely to face seven-year imprisonment.
Just after the verdict Singh was taken into custody by Haryana Police and is likely to be taken to Ambala jail, Indian Express reported.
The verdict came as a big setback to Gurmeet’s followers who have converged in large numbers in Panchkula for last few days. Elaborate security arrangements was made around the district court in Panchkula ahead of the court verdict. Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in great numbers. Ten trucks of army entered CBI courts complex and took charge of securing the courts complex after the judgment.
Earlier in the day, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar asked Gurmeet’s followrs to maintain peace and said arrangements have been made to deal with all possible situations. “Once the verdict comes, whatever situation arises, to deal with that, every possible arrangement has been made,” Khattar said in a video message. “I appeal to people of Haryana, especially Dera ‘premis’ (followers) to maintain peace and brotherhood,” he added.
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim had yesterday night released a video and asked his followers to abide by the law.
The sexual exploitation case was registered against the Dera chief in 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after anonymous letters were circulated about the alleged sexual exploitation of two ‘sadhvis’ (female followers) by Ram Rahim Singh.