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Dera chief Ram Rahim gets 20 years in jail, fined Rs 30 lakh in two rape cases: As it happened

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment following his conviction in two rape cases.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, Rohtak [ Updated: August 28, 2017 23:20 IST ]
Ram Rahim has been given 2 10-year prison sentences which
Ram Rahim has been given 2 10-year prison sentences which will run subsequently

Controversial self-styled godman Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh was today sentenced to 20 years in prison following his conviction after a prolonged trial in two rape cases. CBI special court judge Jagdeep Singh, who was flown in to Rohtak Monday, pronounced the quantum of punishment on Monday at a special court set up inside the District Jail premises in Sunaria near Rohtak, Haryana, where the godman was lodged following his conviction. Singh pronounced two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two cases that date back to 2002, said defence lawyer S K Garg Narwana. The judge also fined the Dera chief Rs 15 lakh in each of the two cases, of which Rs 14 lakh each would go to the two victims.

Security was tightened in Punjab and Haryana following the violence that Dera followers resorted to on Friday after the court held the sect’s chief guilty of rape and criminal intimidation of the two female disciples in 2002. A multi-layered security cordon was thrown around the Rohtak jail where the special court was set up in view of the violence that claimed at least 38 lives on Friday. Rohtak District Collector (DC) Atul Kumar had earlier said that the police would not hesitate to shoot at sight if anti-social elements try to disturb the law and order situation in the area. Panchkula, Sirsa, Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring areas have been on high alert, with paramilitary forces deployed in various pockets of the states. While Section 144 is already in place in Rohtak, curfew also continues to be enforced in Sirsa. 

Here are the LIVE updates of the sentencing of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh from Rohtak: 

10:46 pm: Curfew to be relaxed in Sirsa between 7 am-7 pm tomorrow 

09:31 pm: Curfew imposed in Punjab's Barnala from 9 pm tonight to 9 am tomorrow

07: 27 pm: Both sentences in Dera chief rape cases to run consecutively for a total of 20 years jail: CBI spokesperson. 

07:18 pm: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentenced to 20 years (10-10 in both cases). Both sentences to run consecutively: CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal 

07:12 pm: Total sentence is 20(10-10) yrs,both sentences not consecutive but sentence of 376 & 506 would run concurrently: SK Narwana, Ram Rahim lawyer

07:02 pm: Judge announced 10 yrs imprisonment and Rs.15 lakh fine each in 2 cases & Rs.14 lakh each to be paid to both victims: Ram Rahim Singh's lawyer

06:59 pm: Ram Rahim has been given two 10-year prison sentences which will run subsequently

06:16 pm: I also know about the castration of Sadhus at the Dera: Gurdas Singh Tur

06:15 pm: I approached the CBI with my version, they refused to believe me: Gurdas Singh Tur

06:14 pm: I worked in the printing press at the Dera: Gurdas Singh Tur, former sewadar at Dera

06:13 pm: Kuldeep and Nirmal were arrested for the murder of Ram Chander Chhatrapati: Gurdas Singh Tur

06:12 pm: Ram Rahim trained two peole, Kuldeep and Nirmal, to shoot with his revolver. I witnessed this and a few days later, journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot dead: Gurdas Singh Tur, former sewadar at Dera

06:04 pm: Nothing happens without his (Ram Rahim) approval. Whatever happened in Panchkula was planned by him: Khatta Singh

05:57 pm: I was something like a manager at Dera: Khatta Singh

05:49 pm: I used to do a lot of work on Dera, people believed I was a driver because I used to sit in the car: Khatta Singh

05:46 pm: Parents do not believe the girls when they tell their stories: Khatta Singh

05:45 pm: He (Ram Rahim) calls them daughters but if you get conduct medical checkup of them, you will find out: Khatta Singh

05: 40 pm: I personally did not see anything but girls told me: Khatta Singh, Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh's former manager

05:39 pm: Many girls herself told me about what they had been through: Khatta Singh

05:38 pm: I have witnessed murders, exploitation of girls at Dera: Khatta Singh

05:37 pm: I want to appeal to girls to come forward and tell their ordeal to the world: Khatta Singh

05:36 pm: Nobody knows the exact number of girls who have been gone through this, 200 or 250:  Khatta Singh

05:33 pm: He (Ram Rahim) thought he was too powerful and nobody could touch him, says Khatta Singh, Dera chief's former manager

04:20 pm: Army conducts flag march in Haryana 's Sirsa after sentencing of Ram Rahim Singh in rape case

04:17 pm: Law took its own course, this should be accepted by all: Anil Jain, BJP general secretary, party in-charge for Haryana affairs

04:15 pm: This verdict is a tribute to the memory of my father: Anshul Chhatrapati, son of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati

04:14 pm: We had hoped for life imprisonment but I have been told that this is maximum sentence under the old law. I welcome this judgement: Anshul Chhatrapati, son of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who was killed for exposing the rape cases against Ram Rahim in 2002

04:09 pm: Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment after being convicted under Section 377, Section 506 and Section 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). 

04:07 pm: A fine of Rs 65,000 has also been imposed on Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh

04:05 pm: Ram Rahim Singh is still crying inside the courtroom 

03:57 pm: Haryana CM ML Khattar calls an emergency meeting of senior state officials, party leaders and ministers at his residence in Chandigarh

03:50 pm: CBI special court judge Jagdeep Singh pulls up jail officials for according VIP treatment to Ram Rahim

03:48 pm: Haryana CM ML Khattar calls meeting to review security situation after Ram Rahim's sentencing 

03:47 pm: This (sentence) must be accepted by the people and peace must prevail: Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM 

03:45 pm: Ram Rahim's medical condition found to be normal 

03:43 pm: Ram Rahim Singh refuses to leave the courtroom

03:40 pm: There is total normalcy in Punjab, we will not let any mishap take place in the state: Capt Amarinder Singh

03:39 pm: Medical examination of Ram Rahim Singh is being done, after this he will be given a jail uniform and will be allotted a cell in jail, reports ANI

03:38 pm: Ram Rahim Singh breaks down after 10 years imprisonment, sits on floor in courtroom

03:30 pm: 10 years rigorous imprisonment for Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh in rape case

03:25 pm: Two cars torched by Dera Sacha Sauda followers in Phoolka area of Haryana's Sirsa

3:04 pm: CBI judge Jagdeep Singh starts reading the quantum of sentence. 

3:00 pm: Ram Rahim breaks down before CBI judge Jagdeep Singh, pleads forgiveness.

2:51 pm: 

2:41 pm: Prosecution demands maximum punishment for Ram Rahim. 

2:40 pm: Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh has allotted 10 minutes each to both sides to put forth their arguments

02:17 pm: 

01:55 pm: Ram Rahim's lawyer SK Narwana reaches makeshift court in Rohtak Jail ahead of quantum of sentence hearing

12:20 pm: 

11:43 am: 

11:36 am: Meeting on Punjab, Haryana situation at North Block ends. Officials have been directed to continuously monitor the situation  

11:20 am: Around 2,300 soldiers are guarding the Rohtak jail where CBi judge will announce the quantum of sentence at 2:30 pm. 

11:19 am: CBI judge Jagdeep Singh leaves for Rohtak jail, will land in a chopper within 40 minutes.

11:03 am: 

11:02 am: 

11:01 am: 

10:56 am: Meeting is underway at North Block to discuss security situation in Punjab, Haryana ahead of #RamRahimSingh's sentencing

10:55 am: HM Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval, Home Secy, Director IB & other Home Ministry officials present at ongoing meeting in North Block 

10:36 am: Situation in Haryana tense but under control, Army conducting flag march in sensitive areas, says MHA

10:35 am: Objectionable items were kept hidden in fields, interrogation underway: Navdeep Singh Virk, IGP Rohtak Range 

10:33 am: 

09:57 am: Have multi-layered security to see people don't gather, or any untoward incident takes place: Navdeep Singh Virk,IGP Rohtak Range

09:53 am: If any unidentified person tries to go near high security area at Sunaria jail complex, 'shoot at sight' can be implemented:IGP Rohtak Range

09:52 am: 23 Dera followers arrested in Punjab's Sangrur till now, reports ANI

08:27 am: 

08:11 am: 

07:50 am: 

07:49 am: There are no metro rail diversions or restrictions, these are just rumors to propagate false stories: Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma

07:48 am: No need to panic, Delhi Police has made proper arrangements and deployment. Additional forces mobilized: Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma 

07: 43 am: Internet services have resumed in Chandigarh

07:39 am: 

07:33 am: Several barricades with strong police & paramilitary presence set up, ready to deal with any eventuality: IGP Rohtak Range

07:32 am: We have ensured no Dera follower is allowed to enter the entire Rohtak district or move around jail: Navdeep Singh Virk, IGP Rohtak Range

07:23 am: 

Thousands of followers of Ram Rahim resorted to arson and violence in several places in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan soon after the Dera Sacha Sauda chief was convicted by the CBI court in Panchkula last week in a 15-year-old rape case. The deadly bloodshed left as many as 38 people dead and over 250 injured. Ripples were also felt in Delhi and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. 

The scale of violence left everyone stunned, with the Haryana government and chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar coming in for severe criticism for going soft on the Dera.

Facing flak over the massive violence, the state government had suspended Ashok Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Panchkula, saying his "defective" prohibitory orders allowed the crowd build-up in the district.

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