High court acquits Ram Rahim; 4 others in murder case

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has acquitted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and four others in the murder case of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh.

| Updated: 28 May, 2024 5:04 pm IST

NEW DELHI: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has acquitted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and four others in the murder case of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh. In 2021, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court found Ram Rahim and the other accused guilty of Singh’s murder, sentencing them to life imprisonment.

Following the hearing, Ram Rahim’s counsel stated, “Punjab and Haryana HC acquits Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the murder case of his ex-manager Ranjit Singh.” The other acquitted individuals include Avtar Singh, Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, and Sabdil Singh. One of the accused passed away during the trial.

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The Sirsa-headquartered sect leader, who is currently serving a 20-year jail term for raping two of his disciples, is incarcerated in Sunaria jail in Rohtak, Haryana.

In 2019, Ram Rahim was convicted by a CBI court in Panchkula in two murder cases, including the killing of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh.

On October 18, 2021, the court sentenced Ram Rahim and four others to life imprisonment in the case, imposing a fine of Rs 31 lakh on the Dera chief.

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The Dera chief had challenged all his convictions before the Punjab and Haryana High Court. However, his appeal in the journalist murder case is still pending.

Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh was shot dead 19 years ago, on July 10, 2002, in Khanpur Kolian village in Haryana’s Kurukshetra. It was suspected that he was murdered due to his alleged role in circulating a letter detailing the sexual exploitation of women by the sect head at the Dera headquarters.

The CBI court in Panchkula had convicted Ram Rahim and four others in the case, prompting the sect chief to appeal to the high court.

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