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Ram Rahim Verdict: High Court Slams Haryana Government For Inadequate Security, Asks Centre To Provide Troops

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| August 24 , 2017 , 20:34 IST

Coming down on the state government, the Haryana High Court on Thursday slammed the leadership and asked the central government to provide more troops in the area as followers of spiritual leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh descends in Punjab and Haryana ahead of rape case verdict against him.

Acting tough on the state government's "failure" to maintain law and order, the High court took the call ahead of the special Panchkula CBI court's verdict on Friday.

The court's observation came when the petitioner's counsel Ravinder Singh Dhull said more than 1.5 lakh Dera followers have already reached Panchkula city despite prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC.

Apprehending violence in case the court's judgment went against the sect chief on Friday, a Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Surinder Singh Saron and Justice Avneesh Jhingan said they "did not want a situation similar to the Jat reservation stir".

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The judges clearly said that the High Court could initiate actions against the Director General of Police in case the state failed to ensure security. The bench also questioned the Police Commissioner of Panchkula on plans to stop sect followers from reaching Panchkula.

Directing the Centre through the Home Secretary to provide forces, the bench asked it to make its own assessment of the situation.

"The entire effort is directed at making the court premises secure. The problems haunting the common men are ignored," the bench observed.

Additional Solicitor General Satya Pal Jain apprised the High Court about the deployment of paramilitary forces.

A lawyer on Wednesday moved the High Court, seeking directions to Haryana to make adequate security arrangements ahead of the pronouncement of the verdict.