March 21 2018

Protest erupts, mediapersons attacked after Dera chief convicted guilty in rape case

March 21 2018, 12:45 | Van Peters

Protest erupts, mediapersons attacked after Dera chief convicted guilty in rape case

Protest erupts, mediapersons attacked after Dera chief convicted guilty in rape case

The case originated in 2002. Singh was convicted in the 15-year-old rape case on Friday by a special CBI court. The incident had triggered protests against the godman in Punjab and Haryana.

Yesterday in court he dressed in white clothes and with his long hair loose, hands folded and his eyes closed when the judge started reading the verdict.

- Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh chaired a high-level meeting to assess the law and order situation in the state after the violence which erupted post Ram Rahim Verdict. Army and Rapid Action Force (RAF) along with the Police have surrounded the premises of the headquarters. They resorted to tear gas shelling after the godman's supporters resorted to stone pelting.

- Madhur Verma of Delhi Police confirmed that Dera Sacha Sauda followers tried to create mischief, following which a case has been registered.

"Haryana, Punjab and Delhi have not seen many incidents today". Tomorrow, they or others could turn with equal or greater ferocity on those pillars of the state that allow them free run.

Security forces were on "standby" outside the spiritual leader's headquarters where some 10,000 followers remained holed up, the Director General of Police in Haryana state, Baljit Singh Sandhu, told India Today news station.

Vehicles and property were also damaged and set on fire by the unruly Dera followers. "Outside jail, we have already requested the local administration to secure the area and make adequate security arrangements", he told PTI. In one of his most popular music videos, "Love Charger", Singh appears clad in a rhinestone-studded motorcycle vest with an embossed image of a lion on the back, while he sings before an adoring crowd.

The sect chief was present in the court when the judgment was read out in Panchkula town in Haryana, adjoining Chandigarh.

July 2002: Former sect manager, Ranjit Singh, mysteriously murdered allegedly because "he knew too much".

December 2003: CBI begins probe. CBI filed charge sheet in July 2007.

2007-17: almost 200 hearings of the rape case take place over 10 years. This will be done for the next 72 hours from the time of time of court's trial.

With respect, the High Court could and ought to have done more especially when it had taken cognizance of the fact that the government wasn't doing enough. In July 2017, day to day hearing was ordered. Announces August 25 for judgment in the rape and sexual exploitation case.

Sakshi Maharaj had also raised the question whether any high court of the Supreme Court would ever be ready to punish the chief of New Delhi's Juma Masjid Shahi Imam?

Pressure is growing on the country's central government to replace the chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, over the riots.

He also asserted that the security at the jail is also strict.

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