Hearing in Sauda chief’s case extended till October 22

November 14th, 2007 - 2:35 am ICT by admin  
Earlier, the court had extended the interim bail given to the sect chief till October 20.

The Dera chief is accused of two murders-that of a driver and a journalist-besides a case of sexual harassment of a woman disciple.

Rajan Gupta, special advocate of the CBI, said the prosecution opposed the bail plea of Guru Ram Rahim Singh on the grounds that witnesses would not be able to depose before the court fearlessly.

“The accused Baba Gurmeet Singh should not be given bail till the trial is going on because it is our contention that there is a threat that witnesses will not be able to depose fearlessly. So he should be confined to judicial custody during the pendancy of the trial. It is our basic intention in all the three cases - under 302, for the murder and rape as well,” said Gupta.

The defence counsel, however, said that allegations against his client were not true.

“When we have not threatened the witnesses in five years while the CBI has been carrying out its investigations and has also filed a charge sheet, then this accusation by the CBI that we are trying to intimidate the witnesses is just a means for them to admit any kind of document in the court,” said S.K. Garg Nirvana, defence counsel.

The CBI has transferred all the three cases against the Dera chief to a session court.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet on July 31, accusing him of murdering sect manager, Ranjit Singh, and a Sirsa-based journalist, Ram Chander Chatterpatti, and for the alleged rape of a Sadhavi.

Two accused, Inder Sain and Avtar Singh were discharged in the Chatterpatti murder case on a defence plea that the duo had not been named as accused by the CBI in the chargesheet.

Three others-Kishan Lal, Kuldip Singh and Nirmal Singh have been facing charges of conspiracy and murder.

Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh has been charged under Section 120-B (Conspiracy) in connection with the case relating to the murder of Ranjit Singh.

The other accused are Kishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, Sabdil, Avtar Singh and Inder Singh, booked under Section 302 (Murder).

Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh is the lone accused under Section 376 (Rape) in connection with the alleged rape of a Sadhavi.

A case was also registered against him following a complaint by a Bathinda resident, who accused Ram Raheem Singh of hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs by donning the attire of the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. (ANI)

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