New Delhi, Nov 14: Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim enjoyed a lavish lifestyle and accorded VIP treatment even by government agencies during his heydays. The situation hasn’t changed much for him inside the jail too.
If a Rohtak jail prisoner, who is currently out on bail, is to be believed rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim is enjoying certain facilities inside the prison.
In blatant violation of jail manual, visitors of Ram Rahim are allowed to spend hours with him inside the prison. According to rules, prisoners are given just 20 minutes to meet their visitors.
While other prisoners are given certain tasks inside the jail, Ram Rahim, who is serving a 20-year term for raping two of his disciples inside the sprawling Dera headquarters on Sirsa, has never been spotted doing any work. (Also Read: ‘Sex Addict’ Ram Rahim Compelled Aides to Become Homosexuals: Dera Follower)
“While rest of the prisoners can only meet visitors for 20 minutes, when Ram Rahim’s visitors come they are allowed to stay for 2 hours. We have never seen him work either…don’t think he does any jail work,” said Rahul, who is currently out of Rohtak jail on bail.
“A lot of restrictions were put after Ram Rahim was brought in. Rest of the prisoners can’t move freely. None of us have seen him, we are just told he is lodged here,” he told ANI.
Ram Rahim, 50, was found guilty of rape in a case that stemmed from an anonymous written complaint in April 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers. The case was registered by the CBI in December 2002 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
A special CBI court sentenced him to 20 years in jail on August 28. He is lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail. (Also Read: Over 600 Skeletons Buried in Dera Sacha Sauda Campus: Report)
Haryana’s Manohar Lal Khattar government had come under severe criticism for treating Ram Rahim as a state guest after he was convicted by the CBI court in Panchkula on August 25.
The Dera Sacha Sauda was airlifted in a helicopter from the court to jail and provided with an air-conditioned room, reports said. Honeypreet, the alleged adopted daughter Ram Rahim, was also allowed to accompany him the chopper. (Also Read: ‘Distanced’ From Honeypreet, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Loses 6 kg in 40 Days of Jail)
Priyanka Taneja (36), alias Honeypreet, was arrested in October after a chase of over a month. Honeypreet was on top of a list of 43 people “wanted” by the Haryana police in connection with the violence following Ram Rahim’s conviction. At least 41 people were killed and several were injured in the violence orchestrated by Ram Rahim’s followers on August 25.