Published On: October 8, 2021 at 15:57 IST
A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court in Panchkula convicted Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim of murdering his disciple, Ranjit Singh, in 2002.
The Court is expected to pronounce the quantum of sentence on October 12.
On October 5, the High Court dismissed a plea by Ranjit Singh’s son, Jagseer Singh, seeking the transfer of the trial to another Court in neighbouring states, levelling allegations against a CBI counsel.
However, the Court termed the allegations based on suppositions and conjectures.
Acting on Jagseer Singh’s plea, the High Court stayed further proceedings on August 24, two days before the Trial Court was scheduled to pronounce the judgment.
On July 10, 2002, four assailants shot and killed Ranjit Singh, a former Ram Rahim follower, in his native Khanpur Kolian village in Kurukshetra.
According to the CBI chargesheet, Ram Rahim suspected Ranjit Singh of being behind the distribution of an anonymous letter alleging sexual exploitation of female followers in Dera and plotted to assassinate him.
Ram Rahim is currently serving a 20-year jail term for raping two of his women disciples.
In addition, Rahim was sentenced to life imprisonment for the Murder of Journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati.
At present, Rahim is also facing Trial in a case pertaining to the alleged castration of a number of Dera followers.