Jail Awaits Flamboyant Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

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| August 28 , 2017 , 17:33 IST

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 10 years in jail, on Monday, for raping two girls in 2002.

The case in itself was one of a kind. Both Haryana and Punjab had suspended mobile and internet connections due to the violence which ensued after the verdict was announced. Security was also beefed up in the two states, especially in Dera's headquarters in Sirsa. 

The self-styled godman wields huge influence in Haryana and Punjab.

Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ‘Insaan’ was born on August 15, 1967, in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan and became the third chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) at the age of 23 in 1990. The DSS was founded by Beparawah Mastana Ji Maharaj in 1948.

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Apart from its stronghold in Haryana and Punjab, the dera has thousands of followers in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Ram Rahim Singh is believed to harbour close links with militant Gurjant Singh Rajasthani of the Khalistan Liberation Force. He enjoys Z-level security cover and is known for his lavish lifestyle. He drives around in a Range Rover SUV and hundreds of vehicles follow him in his entourage.

In 2002, he was accused of rape and exploitation of two sadhvis (female disciples). The case was handed over by the Punjab & Haryana High Court to the Central Bureau of Investigation, which has been probing it since 2007.

The controversial godman is also alleged to have masterminded the murder of Ram Chandra Chatrapati, a Sirsa-based editor of the newspaper Poora Sach, for publishing a report about his alleged illegal activities.

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The colourful dera chief is known for his outlandish costumes and his ‘MSG (Messenger of God)’ film franchise in which he plays the lead role. He doubles up in 30 other roles in the films, including choreographer, stunt director, screen-playwriter and make-up artist.

He has got into trouble in the past for dressing up as the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh and as the Hindu God Vishnu.