2015 sacrilege case: Faridkot court orders Ram Rahim’s presence on October 29

Chandigarh: A court in Punjab’s Faridkot on Monday ordered the production of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who is serving a life sentence in Haryana’s Rohtak jail, before it on October 29.

A court in Faridkot issued a production warrant against Ram Rahim on a plea by the Special Investigation Team of the Punjab Police in the 2015 sacrilege case related to the theft of a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is currently lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail since his conviction for raping two disciples in 2017. Police sources said the SIT, led by Inspector General SPS Parmar, probing the 2015 sacrilege cases, on Monday moved the court for a production warrant.

The Dera Sacha Sauda chief was named as an accused in FIR number 63 relating to theft of a ‘bir’ (copy) of Guru Granth Sahib from Burj Jawahar Singh Wala Gurdwara.

Three more members of Dera committee – Harsh Dhuri, Sandeep Bareta and Pradeep Kler were also booked in this case, but they are absconding.

On the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the CBI had handed over the documents and files of the case to the SIT of Punjab Police in February this year.

The previous SAD-BJP government had handed over three cases of theft of a “bir” (copy) of the Guru Granth Sahib from the Gurdwara Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, three cases of unholy handwritten posters in Burgari and Burj Jawahar Singh. Vala and throwing torn pages of holy book in Burgari – handing over to CBI for investigation.

The Punjab government handed over the investigation to an SIT of the state police in September 2018, after the state assembly passed a resolution to withdraw the state’s consent to a CBI probe on the grounds of lack of progress in the investigation.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for raping two disciples. He is currently lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria Jail. Two years ago, the sect chief was also sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.

On October 18 this year, a special CBI court in Panchkula had sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and four others to life imprisonment for the 19-year-old murder of Dera manager Ranjit Singh.

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