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Plea before HC claiming threat to dera chief’s life

October 23, 2019 06:00 AM

COURTESY TOI OCT 23
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Chandigarh:

A petition has been filed before the Punjab and Haryana high court claiming that Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has threat to his life inside Rohtak’s Sunaria jail, where he is at present confined after his conviction in rape and murder cases.


The petition filed by, Mohit Gupta, who works at the dera-run hospital in Sirsa, has claimed that Gurmeet has sought directions to produce him before the high court.

The petitioner has claimed that dera chief has also been deprived of calling facility, which is available to other jail inmates, inside the jail. According to the petitioner, the dera chief has been physically and mentally tortured inside Sunaria jail that is considered as the safest prison in the state. He has submitted that a large number of criminals/ gangsters are confined in the jail who may be a serious threat to Gurmeet on the jail premises.

The petitioner has impleaded additional chief secretary for home, DGP (prisons) and superintendent of Sunaria jail as respondents in the case. Directions have been sought from the HC to produce Gurmeet in the high court and for permission of immediate legal meeting of the petitioner and his lawyer with the convict.

According to the petitioner, he is follower of Dera Sacha Sauda and Gurmeet Ram Rahim since birth and an old employee of in the hospitalat the DSS and had been close to the dera head since long time.

Gurmeet is at present lodged in Sunaria jail after his conviction in rape and murder cases. On August 25, 2017, special CBI court, Panchkula, had convicted him for rape of sadhvis (female disciples) and sentenced him to 20 years’ imprisonment. On January 17, the CBI court had sentenced him to life imprisonment for the 2002 murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati. He is facing trial in two more cases, which includes murder case of former dera manager Ranjit Singh and castration of his followers.

 

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