Dera Sacha Sauda Leader, Guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ‘Insan’ has been charged guilty of the rape case by Special CBI Court in Panchkula, Haryana today afternoon. The 50-year-old spiritual leader has been taken into judicial custody and the quantum of sentence will be announced on Monday.
He could be facing 7 years in jail and will be kept at the Indian Army’s Western Command temporarily. He will later be shifted to the Ambala Jail once the sentence is announced.
The self-styled godman was accused of raping at least two of his female followers. The CBI filed a charge sheet against him in 2007.
Around 200,000 supporters of Godman gathered in Panchkula, Haryana ahead of the verdict threatening to create chaos if the verdict is against him. Mobile internet, data, and power services have also been temporarily suspended in Haryana, Punjab, and Chandigarh to prevent any untoward incident.
Schools and colleges have been closed for the day. Many trains on the route have been canceled. Road transportation is also disrupted to avoid any tension and harm to the civilians
Although security forces in Punjab and Haryana are already present there to take control of the situation if the mob gets frenzy, events of vandalism have been reported outside the court. Many of the news vans reporting live from the spot have been attacked by the angry mob.
The headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda sect is located in Sirsa, Haryana. Guru Ram Rahim left this morning for his hearing from Sirsa to Panchkula followed by a convoy of 100 cars.
Few facts about the ‘Love Guru’
-Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is among 36 Indians to have a VVIP status and Z-level security along with his own private guards.
-This rape case took 15 years for justice.
-An annual income of more than 300 million enjoys tax exemption.
-He is also charged with a murder case which has a final stage court hearing in next month.
-The ‘Dera’ is built on the property of about 100 acres which is believed to work for human welfare and charity.
-Ram Rahim Singh was born on August 15, 1967, in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan. He was the only child of his parents and started helping his father by driving a tractor on their field.
-He has written, produced, acted, and sung in five movies in which he can be seen wearing colorful fancy clothes, driving cars and bikes, and performing heroic tasks.
-He is married to Harjeet Kaur and, has two daughters and a son.
-Singh drives a Range Rover SUV and has a convoy of 100 vehicles which includes 16 black Ford Endeavours.
-According to a report, Baba had supposedly agreed to take part in the reality show Bigg Boss 9 but only on the condition that he should be allowed to exit the house for at least 2 to 3 hours to meet his followers.