Haryana court defers verdict in two criminal cases against godman Rampal till 29 August
The Punjab government on Thursday declared that its offices situated at Chandigarh would remain closed on 25 August, the day on which a court verdict is expected in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Chandigarh: A court in Haryana on Thursday deferred its verdict on two criminal cases slapped against self-styled godman Rampal till 29 August in view of the verdict in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Friday.
A decision by Judicial Magistrate Mukesh Kumar, who is posted in Hisar, came on the plea of police, citing the ongoing high alert in the state in view of the verdict on Friday in a case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Panchkula.
Rampal was arrested from his fortified Satlok Ashram near Barwala in Hisar in 2014.
At least six persons had lost their lives in the stand-off as Rampal eluded the police, while many of his key aides and around 450 supporters were also arrested.
The death of five women and an infant occurred during a stand-off and violent clashes that erupted between the controversial sect leader's followers and the security forces.
The sect followers fired at police, lobbed petrol bombs and acid pouches, besides hurling stones and bricks outside the ashram, clearly indicating the sect was well prepared to resist the security forces.
Tracking the Indian women's hockey team's fortunes over the last two years heading into Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian men's hockey team aims for strong start against NZ; women's side faces Netherlands
India are placed in a tough Group A alongside the likes of reigning Olympic champions Argentina, mighty Australia, hosts Japan, New Zealand and Spain.
The Indians defended bravely in the first two quarters to go into half time locked at 1-1 but the break seemed to have broken their momentum as the Dutch came out all guns blazing after the change of ends and pumped in three goals to nip any chance of an upset in the bud.