Centre's help sought to nab Sant Rampal

The Haryana government’s failure to arrest self-styled godman Sant Rampal of Satlok Ashram in Hisar exposes the helplessness and ineffectiveness of the incumbent establishment in executing the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court for weeks now.

Ahead of Monday deadline laid down by the High Court to arrest Sant Rampal, it is learnt that the Manohar Lal Khattar government has now sought the intervention of central agencies to arrest this one person.

Rampal has been evading arrest citing ill-health. His spokespersons have been openly challenging the government to arrest him.

His ashram, where he lives, has turned into a fortress with hundreds of followers, many of them armed, camping day and night to ensure that Sant Rampal is not arrested.

The godman is facing a case in High Court for allegedly interfering in the judicial proceedings during the hearing of a case before the sessions court in Hisar.

Rampal’s supporters had marched inside the district court complex in Hisar, and tried to create trouble during the court proceedings.

Distressed over such acts by disciples of Rampal during his appearance via video conference at the sessions court, the district bar association (DBA) had also launched an indefinite strike demanding rejection of his bail.

The High Court had taken cognisance of the matter and issued notice to Rampal and Haryana government.
Rampal’s supporters have threaten violence in case the state police attempts to arrest him.

The godman has not turned up before the High Court twice this month despite non-bailable warrants issued against him.

Rampal, who is also an accused in a murder case that dates back to 2008, is likely to move the Supreme Court against the orders of the High Court.

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