Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Gets 20 Years In Jail For 2 Rape Cases By A Special CBI Court

The investigating agency questioned 18 sadhvis and two of them levelled allegations of rape against the spiritual leader.

NEW DELHI: Rape convict Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhwas on Monday sentenced to 20 years in jail by a special CBI court.

The court also fined the Dera chief Rs 15 lakh in each of the two cases, of which Rs 14 lakh each would go to the two victims who were part of his sect and were coerced into having sex with him.The conviction sparked violent protests by the guru’s followers that left at least 38 people dead and hundreds injured.

CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two cases that date back to 2002, said defence lawyer S K Garg Narwana.

The 50-year-old chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect sat on the floor and wept as he was sentenced. Ahead of the judge’s order today, thousands of soldiers enforced a lockdown in Rohtak and other parts of Haryana and Punjab, where Ram Rahim has a mass following.

The CBI court judge delivered sentence at the Rohtak prison today to prevent a repeat of Friday’s violence. Tens of thousands of Ram Rahim’s supporters set fire to cars and clashed with security forces on Friday in violence that began outside the court in the town of Panchkula and spread to other places.

Today, thousands of paramilitary troops and anti-riot police blocked all roads near the Rohtak prison. The Army has been on standby.No movement of people, other than those authorized, was allowed within a distance of 10 km from the prison premises.

Meanwhile, Panchkula, Sirsa, Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring areas were put on high alert, with paramilitary forces deployed in various pockets of the states. While Section 144 is already in place in Rohtak, curfew also continues to be enforced in Sirsa.

At many sensitive places in Punjab too, security forces conducted flag marches and kept a tight vigil in sensitive areas.

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