Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh chief of Dera Sacha Sauda has been sentenced for life in prison by a special CBI court in Panchkula on Thursday, 17 January, in the murder case of a journalist.
The three other convicts, Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal have also been awarded life imprisonment. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each on all the convicts.
The CBI court pronounced the quantum of sentence to Ram Rahim and three others through video conference after the Haryana government filed a plea seeking the appearance of sect’s leader via video in the murder case of Ram Chander Chhatrapati, according to CBI Counsel HPS Verma, as reported by PTI.
The self-styled godman is currently serving 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two women followers
On 11 January, Special CBI Court Judge Jagdeep Singh had convicted the self-styled godman and three others – Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal – in the murder case.
The state government had filed the plea on Tuesday, 15 January, citing that the movement of Dera chief could lead to law and order situation.
Verma said counsels of all the four convicts will be in present in the court when the quantum of sentence will be pronounced.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana.