Panchkula: Almost a year after his conviction, the Panchkula CBI court has rejected the bail application of Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Ram Rahim was last year sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two women in 2002. Ram Rahim’s cup of woes threatens to spill over. The CBI has filed a chargesheet against him in connection with alleged castrations of his male devotees. Ram Rahim has been charge sheeted along with two doctors, Pankaj Garg and MP Singh. Ram Rahim is serving a 20-year jail term at Rohtak prison after being convicted in two rape cases. (Also read: Ram Rahim’s Mother Runs Dera Now)
In 2015, the CBI had registered a case against Ram Rahim and others in connection with the same case on a directive issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2014. A writ petition had been filed in the high court in 2012 by a follower of the sect, demanding CBI inquiry and compensation for his castration in 2000. The petitioner alleged that around 400 male devotees, including himself, belonging to Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan were castrated at that place under the false claim made by Ram Rahim. Further investigation in the case is on under section 173(8) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC ) with respect to remaining devotees who were allegedly castrated.
Ram Rahim has been found involved in a murder case whose decision is expected to be out soon. Meanwhile, his adopted daughter, Honeypreet Insan, may get life imprisonment if found guilty in connection with a sedition and criminal conspiracy case. Honeypreet, also known as ‘Papa’s angel’, was charged for allegedly conspiring and inciting violence in Panchkula following the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case by local CBI court.
Last year on August 25, Ram Rahim was convicted of raping two female followers. Following the conviction, large-scale violence spread in Haryana’s Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 38 people dead and another 264 injured. Earlier, Dera gang members revealed that Honeypreet Insan and Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh wanted to settle down in a foreign country and the Panchkula violence aimed at dislodging the Manohar Lal Khattar led government in Haryana.