CBI court frames charges against Dera chief

A special CBI Court in Panchkula near here on Friday framed charges against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the ongoing case of castration of nearly 400 of his devotees. Gurmeet Ram Rahim is currently in jail serving a 20-year prison term for raping two of his disciples. File photo

A special CBI Court in Panchkula near here on Friday framed charges against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the ongoing case of castration of nearly 400 of his devotees. Gurmeet Ram Rahim is currently in jail serving a 20-year prison term for raping two of his disciples.

Two doctors who allegedly castrated the devotees inside the sect on the directions of sect chief too have been charged by the court. The sect chief and others now face trial on charges of voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means besides criminal intimidation and cheating. The accused Dera chief appeared in court through video conferencing and pleaded guilty.

Sect followers were lured by its chief for castration in the name of “attaining God.” The castration would make his disciples, mostly people from low-income groups, dependent on him and the sect. This way, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh would gain complete control over his followers to execute his dubious designs.

The case by the CBI brings to fore the enormous wealth and properties amassed by the sect chief through alleged widespread shady land deals that were executed through his followers whom he would get castrated. This way the sect chief would create land banks. The probing agency has placed on record nearly a dozen such shady transactions.

Land deals were made in the name of sect followers who were castrated. The sect got the power of attorneys signed from them for the land purchased in the name of castrated devotees. Once the land was purchased in their name, it was gifted back to the sect. The castrated disciples were ignorant of many of these transactions carried out in their name at the time of purchase of the property.

The CBI began investigating the case in 2015 on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High court after hearing a petition filed by one of sect’s former follower. The case will now come up for hearing on August 17.

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