CBI court holds Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim guilty in Ranjit Singh murder case

A special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday held Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim guilty in the Ranjit Singh murder case.

Ranjit Singh Murder Case Latest Update: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Friday held guilty for the murder of his disciple, Ranjit Singh, in 2002. The special CBI Court of Panchkula also convicted four others in the case. It will pronounce the quantum of the sentence on October 12.

The court of special CBI Judge, Panchkula, Dr Sushil Kumar Garg, held Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Jasbir Singh, Sabdil Singh, Krishan Lal and Inder Sain guilty under Sections 302 (murder) and 120 b (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. Krishan Lal, Inder Sain and Jasbir Singh have also been held guilty under the Arms Act.

A detailed copy of the court order is yet to be released.

According to the CBI chargesheet, the Dera chief suspected Ranjit Singh, who was also the manager of the Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa (Haryana), of circulating an anonymous letter accusing the Dera chief of sexually exploiting women followers (sadhvis) inside the Dera. This was the same letter, which Sirsa-based journalist, Ram Chander Chhatrapati, highlighted in his news report. Chhatrapati was also subsequently killed. The Dera chief was also recently convicted in the Chhatrapati murder case.

Ranjit Singh was murdered on July 10, 2002 in the jurisdiction of Thanesar police station in Kurukshetra in Haryana. An FIR on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy was registered at Thanesar police station. On November 10, 2003, the High Court had ordered a CBI investigation in the case.

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