New Delhi: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, serving a 20-year jail term each in two rape cases, has been granted bail by the Panchkula CBI court in castration case on Friday. But he will continue to remain in jail in connection with the rape case.

On August 23, he was denied bail by a CBI court in a case involving castration of 400 of his followers. Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s bail plea was dismissed three days after he had moved the court for it.

In the castration case, the Panchkula court had recently framed charges of cheating, criminal intimidation and the one for causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons against Gurmeet.

He was also charged with criminal conspiracy along with two doctors, Pankaj Garg and M P Singh, allegedly involved in castration of nearly 400 of the sect followers.

The CBI earlier had filed a charge sheet against Gurmeet and the two doctors for allegedly subjecting the sect followers to castration.

It had been alleged that they castrated the men at the Sirsa-based Dera telling the victims that it would lead to the realisation of God through the Dera chief. The charge sheet had been filed in a special CBI court in Panchkula.

The agency had registered the case of alleged criminal conspiracy for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons among other charges under the Indian Penal Code against Ram Rahim and others in 2015.

The probe was handed over to the agency by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on a plea by a dear follower.

Ram Rahim is in jail since August 25, 2017, after being convicted in 2002 rape cases. He has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for each case which would run consecutively, not concurrently.

(With PTI inputs)