A CBI court headed by special judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence of 20 Years of Imprisonment to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
that is 10 years each, for both the cases. This sentence will run concurrently and consecutively.
While the Counsel acting on behalf of the accused had submitted that the quantum of sentence should be short as the latter has been actively involved in social works, CBI Judge Mr Jagdeep Singh gave more importance to the fact that the victim was a minor and had not been the only one aggrieved by the Baba’s tyranny.
Along with the sentence, the accused ‘Godman’ has been slapped with a fine of 30 lakhs, of which 14 lakhs each shall be paid to the victims, as compensation.
It has also been reported that Ram Rahim, after the pronouncement of the sentence, broke down in front of the Court and had to be dragged out by the authorities.
With a decision that can be rightfully stated as a just sentence, it is needless to state that this year has tll now, been the year for justice!
The judge was being flown into the special courtroom setup inside the Sunaria jail in a helicopter where proceedings began at 2.30 pm.
he sentencing came three days after the CBI court in Panchkula convicted Singh in a 2002 rape case. Due to risks of rising tensions in parts of Haryana and Punjab over the sentencing, the judge was flown into the special courtroom setup inside the Sunaria jail in Rohtak in a helicopter. A three-tier security ring was set up around the district jail.
During the hearing of arguments in the court before the sentencing, the prosecution asked for maximum punishment for Singh. The defence argued Singh is a social worker who has worked for the welfare of people and asked for leniency.
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Here’s the Timeline of Case
April 2002 : Then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee receives an anonymous letter from a Dera sadhvi (woman follower) saying she was raped by the Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
May 2002 : Punjab and Haryana high court directs Sirsa district and sessions judge to probe the allegations in the letter.
September 2002 : High court hands matter to CBI after district court indicates possibility of sexual exploitation.
December 2002 : CBI registers a case of rape and criminal intimidation against Gurmeet Ram Rahim
July 2007 : CBI files chargesheet against the Dera head in an Ambala court. The chargesheet refers to the sexual exploitation of two ‘sadhvis’ between 1999 and 2001.
September 2008 : The special CBI court frames charges against Gurmeet under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
Between 2009 and 2010 : Two complainants record their statements before the court.
April 2011 : The special CBI court moved from Ambala to Panchkula. The case against the Dera chief also transferred to the Panchkula CBI court.
July 201 7 : Special CBI court orders daily hearings.
August 17, 2017 : Arguments of prosecution and defence conclude. Special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh fixes August 25 as date for announcing the verdict. Gurmeet Ram Rahim asked to appear in person before the court on that day.
August 25, 2017 : The special CBI court convicts Gurmeet Ram Rahim and takes him into judicial custody. The conviction is protested with large-scale violence, arson and looting by Dera chief’s followers in Haryana and Punjab, resulting in the deaths of 38 people. Ram Rahim is lodged in a Rohtak district jail.
August 28, 2017: Rahim sentenced to 10years of rigorous imprisonment by CBI Court.
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