Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court on Monday in a murder case. Apart from this, four others have also been sentenced to life imprisonment. Ram Rahim and others were convicted on October 8 in the 2002 murder of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh.
Before the announcement of punishment, Section-144 was imposed in Panchkula district of Haryana, tightening the security arrangements.
In view of the violence of August 2017, the security system is increased before the hearing or the announcement of punishment in any case related to Ram Rahim. In 2017, 36 people were killed after Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case. During the last hearing, the CBI had demanded death sentence for the Dera chief from the court.
At the same time, Ram Rahim himself had pleaded for mercy from Rohtak jail through video conferencing. Ram Rahim is serving 20 years in jail for raping. Ram Rahim, while pleading for mercy before the court, had also cited his diseases related to blood pressure, eyes and kidneys.
The CBI had opposed the Dera chief’s plea, saying the victim treated him like a god and the accused had committed a crime. The agency also said that he has a criminal history. In such a situation, the agency had demanded maximum punishment against Ram Rahim under Section 302 of the IPC.
Ranjit Singh was assassinated in the year 2002 on 10 July. The investigation of this case was done by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the whole matter went on in the special CBI court only. Five people, including Ram Rahim, were convicted earlier this month after 19 years had passed since the incident. The entire debate in the matter was completed on 12 August.
The CBI had registered an FIR in this case on December 3, 2003. Ram Rahim has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati. He has been lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail since his sentence.