'Guru of bling' gets 20 years for raping two of his followers

'Guru of bling' gets 20 years for raping two of his followers

'Guru of bling' gets 20 years for raping two of his followers

The CBI court also ordered a fine of Rs 30 lakh to be paid to the victims who were part of his sect.

The quantum of sentence was announced by special CBI special court judge Jagdeep Singh at a specially set up court inside the library of the District Jail in Sunaria near Rohtak town in Haryana where the sect chief was brought after his conviction on Friday.

A day after Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years for raping two of his women followers, his son Jasmeet Insan was on Tuesday appointed the administrator of the sect. After meeting BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi to submit a report on the situation in the state, Khattar added his government complied with the Punjab and Haryana High Court's order, reported news agency ANI.

On Friday, after he was flown to the Rohtak jail, he was lodged in the jail (Prisoner No. 1997).

The guru has denied raping the two followers, in a case that stems from charges filed in 2002.

Honeypreet Kaur was seen with Ram Rahim on many occasions and was recently accompanied him in a chopper on August 25 when he was taken to Rohtak jail from Panchkula. The prosecution wanted the case to be treated as "rarest of the rare".

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However, that did not work with the judges and he was sentenced to 20-years rigorous imprisonment under IPC section 376, 506 and 511.

The court while pronouncing the verdict had said that Gurmeet Ram Rahim had acted like a "wild beast" and didn't even spare his own female disciples.

The case in which Ram Rahim has been convicted and sentenced goes back to 2002 after anonymous letter written by a woman follower alleging rape became public. So, the court convicted him for 10 years and charged 14 lakhs each to the victims.

The chief minister of India's northern state Haryana, Manohalal Khattar, today ruled out his resignation saying he was satisfied with his government's handling of the Dera Sacha Sauda violence. The CBI special court was later shifted to Panchkula.

The conviction of the Dera head triggered arson and violence across Haryana that claimed 36 lives and injured over 250 people.

The yoga guru, who was here to attend a private function, said that the entire saint community should not be seen in a bad light because of people like Gurmeet Ram Rahim getting convicted in a criminal case.

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