New Delhi, Nov 14: The Haryana government has rejected reports of VIP treatment being meted out to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in Rohtak jail. Haryana Jail Minister Krishan Lal Panwar on Tuesday said that it was only because there was a lot of distance between barracks that inmates couldn’t interact with Ram Rahim. “He isn’t being given VIP treatment and is living like any other inmate. There’s a lot of distance between barracks, they can’t even interact so he’s saying just like that,” said Krishan Lal Panwar.

Panwar’s comment came after an inmate out on bail from the Rohtak prison alleged that Ram Rahim was getting VIP treatment in jail and that he had never seen him do any work. Rahul Jain, the convict out on bail said that the attitude of jail authorities towards Ram Rahim was different as compared to other prisoners. “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,” Rahul said.

“Authorities say that Baba is in the same jail, but no one has seen him there. No one is allowed to go wherever Baba is kept,” Rahul said. He also added that all other inmates are locked up whenever Ram Rahim is let out of his cell, as he usually goes to the canteen to get water, milk, or juice.

“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,” Rahul added.

A special CBI court had sentenced Ram Rahim to 20 years in jail on August 28 after he was convicted of raping two of his sadhvis in the Dera Sacha Sauda campus in Sirsa. He is lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail.