A special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of the Dera Sacha Sauda community, for the 2002 murder of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh. The sentence will be announced on October 12.
The party’s chief has been in jail since he was convicted in 2017 of raping two disciples.
CBI special counsel HPS Verma said over phone that the special court had convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and four others – Krishna Lal, Jasbir Singh, Avtar Singh and Sabdil – for murder.
Another accused in the murder case died a year ago.
Recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected an application to transfer the Ranjit Singh murder case from a special CBI court in Panchkula to another special CBI court in Punjab, Haryana or Chandigarh.
Former camp manager Ranjit Singh, a follower of the community, was shot dead in 2002. She was assassinated for her suspicious role in the promotion of an anonymous letter, describing how community leaders were sexually abusing women. Dera headquarters.
According to the CBI chargesheet, the Dera chief believed that Ranjit Singh was involved in the circulation of the anonymous letter and conspired to assassinate him.
In 2017, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two disciples. He is currently lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria Jail.
Two years ago, the group’s leader was sentenced to life in prison for killing journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati.
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