Journalist murder case: Haryana govt to produce Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim via video conference for verdict

CBI special judge Jagdeep Singh agreed to the application moved by the Haryana government to produce Gurmeet Ram Rahim in the court through video conference. The court is expected to deliver the verdict in the 21 November, 2002 journalist murder case on 11 January.

Asian News International January 09, 2019 13:41:06 IST
Journalist murder case: Haryana govt to produce Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim via video conference for verdict
  • CBI special judge Jagdeep Singh agreed to the application moved by the Haryana government to produce the Dera chief in court through video conference.

  • Rahim, 51, is accused of orchestrating the killing of Chhatrapati, a Sirsa-based journalist for openly criticising Dera chief in his newspaper titled Poora Sach.

  • The district administration has increased Rahim's security detail ahead of verdict announcement, slated for 11 January.

  • Panchkula and other towns were in chaos after the CBI special court on 25 August, 2017 sentenced Rahim to 20-years in jail in a rape case.

Panchkula: A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court in Panchkula on Tuesday directed the Haryana government to produce Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh via video conference for the pronouncement of the verdict in the Ram Chander Chhatrapati murder case.

Journalist murder case Haryana govt to produce Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim via video conference for verdict

File image of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. CNN-News18

During a hearing, CBI special judge Jagdeep Singh agreed to the application moved by the Haryana government for an option to produce the Dera chief in the court through video conference. The court is expected to deliver the verdict in the 21 November, 2002 journalist murder case on 11 January.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim, 51, is currently serving a 20-year sentence in a rape case at Rohtak's Sunaria jail, is accused of orchestrating the killing of Chhatrapati, a Sirsa-based journalist for openly criticising Dera chief in his newspaper titled Poora Sach.

Given the sensitivity of the case, the district administration is not leaving anything to chance on the front of security arrangements.

Rohtak's Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Tahir Hussain said: "We have heightened the security of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ahead of 11 January verdict in a murder case against him.

"We have established four more police posts, five patrolling parties around the jail, PCRs and three more inspectors have been put on the duty," added Hussain.

It is worth mentioning that Panchkula and other towns of Haryana were in the grip of total chaos after the CBI special court on 25 August, 2017 sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim to 20-year jail in a rape case. The subsequent violence had killed nearly 41 lives, while many others were left injured.

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