- Dera Sacha Sauda Chief and four others were awarded life imprisonment by the court.
- Fine has also been imposed by the court.
Over 19 years after the death of a former follower of Dera Sacha Sauda Ranjit Singh, a special CBI court in Panchkula on Monday awarded life imprisonment to Dera Sacha Sauda’s chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and four others linked to this case.
The others who were related to the murder case are Avatar Singh, Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, and Sabdil Singh. One of the accused, Inder Sain died last year.
A fine of Rs. 31 lakh is imposed on Dera chief Ram Rahim, Rs. 1.50 lakh on Sabdil, Rs. 1.25 lakh on Jasbir and Krishnan both and 75,000 on Avatar Singh by the court.
Half of the imposed fine amount will be given to the victim’s family.
The victim Ranjit Singh was shot dead in 2002. He was murdered for his suspected role in the circulation of an anonymous letter, which narrated how women were being sexually exploited by the Dera head.
The Dera chief is currently lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail since his conviction in 2017 for raping his two disciples. One accused in the murder case had passed away a year ago.
According to the CBI charge sheet, the Dera chief believed that Ranjit Singh was behind the circulation of the anonymous letter and hatched a conspiracy to kill him.