Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Convicted In 2002 Murder Case
Panchkula, Oct 8 (TNA) A special CBI court on Friday convicted five persons, including Deramukhi Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a murder case of 2002. The sentence will be pronounced on October 12.
On July 10, 2002, Ranjit Singh of Kurukshetra, who was a member of the management committee of the dera, was murdered. Dera management suspected that Ranjit Singh had written an anonymous letter of sexual abuse of a Sadhvi.
On Friday, the accused in the case, Deramukhi Gurmeet Ram Rahim and Krishna Kumar appeared through video conferencing. At the same time, the accused Avtar, Jasveer and Sabdil appeared in the court directly.
During the hearing held on Friday in this case, all the accused were convicted. The court was to pronounce its first verdict in this case on 26 August. Prosecution lawyer HPS Verma told that the final arguments of the defense in this 19-year-old case were completed on August 12.
After about two and a half hours of debate in the court of CBI Judge Dr. Sushil Kumar Garg, the accused were convicted. On July 10, 2002, Ranjit Singh of Kurukshetra, who was a member of the management committee of the dera, was murdered.
Dissatisfied with the police investigation, Ranjit's father filed a petition in the High Court in January 2003, seeking a CBI inquiry. The CBI had registered a case against the accused while investigating the matter. In 2007, the court framed the charges on the accused.
It is worth mentioning that Gurmeet Ram Rahim has already been sentenced to 20 years in the case of sexual abuse of sadhvis and he is serving life sentence in Sunaria jail in the journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati murder case.