Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted of rape: State HC slams Manohar Lal Khattar for 'political patronage' to Dera chief
The Punjab and Haryana HC slammed CM Manohar Lal Khattar for 'protecting and extending political patronage' to controversial godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
Chandigarh: Slamming Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for "protecting and extending political patronage" to controversial godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday asked the state to register a case against those who instigated the widespread violence by Dera followers after the sect leader was convicted of rape.
Directing the state to verify a newspaper report on alleged instigation by the sect leaders, the High Court directed the registration of a first information report (FIR) against the instigators "if the reporter stood by his report".
The High Court bench of Justices SS Saron, Surya Kant and Avneesh Jhingan, in its resumed hearing, asked the state about its plans to sanitise the Dera Sacha Sauda located in Sirsa town, some 260 kilometres from Chandigarh, which is reported to still have thousands of followers inside.
Getting tough, the judges also slammed state education minister Ram Bilas Sharma for having recently given a grant of Rs 51 lakh to the Dera.
The judges directed the Deputy Commissioners of Punjab and Haryana to provide a list of Dera properties and told them not to sell or transfer the properties.
The court also sought a status report on the deaths in the violence.
A CBI court in Haryana's Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh, on Friday held the Dera chief guilty of rape and sexual exploitation of two women followers in 2002, sparking widespread violence by his followers. The security forces opened fire to control the mob.
At least 31 people, 29 of them in Panchkula town, died in the violence, and 250 others were injured.
Vehicles and property were also damaged and set on fire by the unruly Dera followers.
Meghalaya MP Agatha Sangma said in a letter to Amit Shah that the case appears to be an ‘orchestrated homicide, which requires investigation of highest order’
Alpha Omega Christian Mahasangh has filed a complaint against Kareena Kapoor Khan and two others for "hurting religious sentiments" by using the word "Bible" in the book's title.
"This was retributive violence by supporters of the ruling party against supporters of the main Opposition party," the NHRC committee said in its scathing remarks