India rapist guru: Judge calls Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh 'wild beast'

Phillip Cunningham
August 30, 2017

Among other directions, the bench directed Haryana to file a status report after it had directed that FIR be registered on the basis of a newspaper report in which it was alleged that some senior Dera functionaries had instigated and mobilised followers.

On his website, he is extolled as "Spiritual Saint", "Musician", "Director", "Superb Medic", "Sportsman", "Feminist", "Emperor of Melodies" and "Social Reformer" - among other things. A library inside the jail in Rohtak, a town 50 miles north of New Delhi where Singh had been held since his conviction, was hastily converted into a courtroom.

Justice Surya Kant while pointing out to deadly weapons, iron rods, petrol bombs, sticks etc seized in the aftermath of the Panchkula violence questioned the Haryana AG as to how the state presumed that all of those who had came to Panchuka were there for a "peaceful gathering". The court ordered the CBI to register FIR in the case on November 10, 2003.

Friday was a touchstone for the government's preparation, where it failed pathetically.

Ram Rahim Singh's followers turned violent and 38 people were killed after his conviction on Friday.

"The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Sirsa, Prabhjot Singh has lifted curfew from Sirsa city with immediate effect". So, the Court gave the verdict after listening to this.

The Ambala Police recovered '38 lakh from a Dera follower which was to be used to spread unrest in Haryana and Punjab. However, on Monday the entire area was put mainly under army's control. This law was enacted after the infamous Delhi gangrape and murder case of a medical student in 2012 in which five men raped the victim and badly mutilated her body.

While Ram Rahim's lawyer sought leniency on the grounds that his client was sick and had done philanthropic work, the CBI counsel sought maximum punishment.

Religious sects like Dera Sacha Sauda have huge followings in India. Supporters were quick to call the allegations against him baseless, trumped up by those who feared the guru's popularity. Many strong followers refused to leave the congregation centres of the sect spread across the country.

An Indian guru convicted of rape awaited sentencing Monday, with authorities ramping up security amid fears of fresh violence days after protests over his guilty verdict left 36 dead. Critics says his political connections lent to his aura and heightened his sense of impunity.

In a landmark judgment a self-styled godman, who has a tremendous following in India's northern states of Punjab and Haryana, was brought to book on rape charges, on Monday.

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