Haryana: Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in jail for rape and criminal intimidation of two disciples (Female).
Chief has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in each of the 2 cases of rape that date back to 2002. Both sentences will run parallel.
CBI) special court judge Jagdeep Singh announced the sentences. Judge Jagdeep Singh arrived in Rohtak in a helicopter, landing on a helipad near the jail.
Court also imposed fine of Rupees 30 lakh on the sect chief. The rape victims will get Rs 14 lakh each as compensation from this amount.
Total sentence is 20 years (10-10 in each case) years,” his lawyer SK Narwana confirmed. He said that the verdict will be challenged in a High Court.
CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal also said, “Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years (10-10 in both cases) in jail. Both sentences to run parallel,”.
The hearing started at 2.30 pm today and the judge gave 10 minutes each to the defense and prosecution sides to make their submission.
Watch Statement of his lawyer:
While Ram Rahim’s counsel argued for leniency and minimum punishment as he was a social worker and had health issues, the CBI counsel sought maximum punishment given his conduct.
There was drama inside the special court as Gurmeet Ram Rahim broke down and pleaded with folded hands before the judge.
After the sentence was announced, he sat down on the floor and wept. He had to be forcibly taken away to jail by wardens to his barrack even as his lawyers tried to seek leniency in prison rules for the sect chief who is used to a life of ultra luxury.