A Panchukula court today charged jailed Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s close aide Honeypreet Insanwith sedition and inciting violence and sent her to police custody for the next six days for further interrogation.
The woman, in her mid-30s, was seen crying with folded hands in the courtroom as she claimed innocence and pleading for mercy before Chief Judicial Magistrate RK Vats. The cops wanted 14-day remand for her.
On Tuesday, after a long day of theatrics when India Today first got Honeypreet in an exclusive interview, she was later nabbed by a team of Haryana Police from the Zirakpur highway in Punjab. Speaking to India Today, SK Garg Narvana, the lawyer representing Honeypreet, said, “It raises questions on how the charge of sedition was imposed against her. How was she inciting violence on that day (August 25)?”
Heavy deployment of Haryana police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was witnessed around the court premises and the aisle was kept clear of vehicles. The movement of people was restricted inside premises as precautionary measure in lieu of violence on August 25 following Singh’s conviction for rape.
The Panchkula court had in September issued arrest warrants against top Dera functionaries – Honeypreet, Aditya Insan and Pawan Insan. All three were booked by the Haryana Police on charges of sedition, inciting violence and being involved in a conspiracy to help the Dera chief escape after his conviction by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on August 25 on two counts of rape of female disciples in 1999.