The Hush Post| 18:25 pm |two-minute-read
A special court in Panchkula today pronounced the sentence on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others in the journalist Ram Chandra Chatrapati murder case through video conferencing. The four were already convicted in the murder of journalist Ram Chandra Chatrapati last week. The four convicted have been handed down a life sentence, which means they will have to spend the rest of their life in jail.
Earlier, on the sidelines, the CBI court had accepted the plea of Haryana government which had sought appearance of the 51-year-old sect head through video conferencing during the pronouncement of quantum of sentence for the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, said CBI Counsel HPS Verma.
Ram Rahim was convicted on January 11 by a special court in Panchkula
On January 11, Special CBI Court Judge Jagdeep Singh had convicted the self-styled godman. Apart from him, three others – Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal were also convicted in the murder case.
All the four were convicted under Section 302 (murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal were also convicted under the Arms Act.
The state government had filed the plea on Tuesday, citing that the movement of Dera chief could lead to law and order situation.
At present Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail. He was convicted for raping two of his women followers.
Verma said counsels of all the four convicts will be in present in the court when the quantum of sentence will be pronounced.
What was the Ram Chandra Chatrapati murder case?
Chatrapati was killed in Haryana’s Sirsa in 2002. This after his newspaper published a letter alleging sexual exploitation of women by the self-styled godman.
Chhatrapati was shot outside his house in October 2002. He has published an anonymous letter narrating alleged sexual exploitation of women followers by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The story had appeared in his newspaper Poora Sach.
The Dera chief was named as the main conspirator in the case.