Guilty Of Rape, Ram Rahim Sentenced To 10 Years In Jail

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| August 28 , 2017 , 14:58 IST

CBI special court judge Jagdeep Singh on Monday pronounced the quantum of sentence to self-proclaimed spiritual guru and rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentencing him to 10 years of imprisonment.

As both the sides presented their arguments, the CBI called for the maximum sentence to the accused. The defence argued that Ram Rahim Singh is a social worker who has worked for the welfare of people, and so the judge should take a lenient view.

Convicted under section 376 for rape, the minimum punishment is 7 years and the maximum is life imprisonment.

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In view of security risks, Justice Jagdeep Singh was flown directly to the Rohtak jail where a makeshift court was set up for the sentencing.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim was found guilty of rape and criminal intimidation of 2 female disciples in 2002 and was convicted on Friday triggering massive protests from Dera followers who resorted to violence and arson in Haryana, Punjab and even areas of Delhi. At least 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the ensuing violence, following which Ram Rahim was airlifted to Rohtak's Sunaria jail.

Following the violence on Friday, massive precautions were taken to fully secure Rohtak area to prevent any untoward incidents after the pronouncement of quantum of sentence to Ram Rahim.

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At least 28 companies of paramilitary troops have been stationed in Rohtak with the Army forces on standby. Entry to the district has been restricted and Dera followers barred, while nearly 30,000 followers were removed from the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa on Sunday evening itself.

Rohtak police officials have issued stern warnings to deter any kind of violence.

"We will not allow anyone to create any sort of trouble in Rohtak. Anyone breaking law or indulging in acts of violence or arson will himself be responsible for his fate. Anyone creating trouble will be given a warning first and if he still pays no heed, then he will have to face the bullet," Rohtak Deputy Commissioner Atul Kumar said.