Historic in Judiciary: Take ‘Judge’ by Air to Rohtak Jail for pronouncing sentence against Dera Chief; orders High Court

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday ordered the Haryana administration to make arrangements to take CBI judge Jagdeep Singh and two of his staff members to the Rohtak district jail by air for pronouncing the quantum of sentence against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted for rape on Friday.

The court notified the jail as a “place of sitting of the CBI court for the purpose of hearing of quantum of sentence”.

 

The Dera chief is lodged in the Rohtak jail and the quantum of sentence will be announced on Monday.

Large-scale violence and arson followed his conviction, which was pronounced by the CBI court of Additional District and Sessions judge in Panchkula. The violence left 32 dead.

An order issued by the Registrar of the Punjab and High Court said, “suitable accommodation for court room etc in the District jail, Rohtak at Sunaria shall be provided and arrangements also be made for the lawyers and parties to have an easy access in court room in the district jail. Further, necessary arrangements for security and safe transport by air of the judicial officer, who has to try the case in the district jail and two of staff members shall also be made.”

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