Panchkula-based CBI Court is expected to deliver the verdict in a murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on January 11. The religious guru, who was convicted in two rape cases in August 2017, will not be produced in the court to avoid the violence and disruptions incurred by his followers during the last verdict.
Accepting a state's plea earlier, the special CBI court in Panchkula allowed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's production before the court through video conferencing for the January 11 hearing in the murder case of a journalist.
The 51-year-old sect head is currently serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak's Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will appear through video conferencing for the hearing in journalist Ramchandra Chhatrapati's murder case on Friday, when the court is likely to pronounce its verdict.
He has been named as the main conspirator in the case dating back to 2002.
Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after his newspaper, 'Poora Sach', published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa.
The journalist later succumbed to injuries and a case was registered in 2003. The case was handed over to the CBI in 2006.
Sirsa put on high alert
Haryana police on Wednesday also carried out a flag march in Sirsa, where the Dera Sacha Sauda's the headquarters is located, a police official told reporters.He said entire Sirsa has been put on high alert and anyone trying to disturb law and order would be strictly dealt with.
They said the authorities are taking no chance this time in view of the violent incidents witnessed in Panchkula and Sirsa in August 2017 after Dera chief's conviction in two rape cases.
(With inputs from PTI)