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Rape Convict Ram Rahim Will Not Be Brought To Panchkula Court For Sentencing: DGP

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| August 26 , 2017 , 16:41 IST

A day after Dera followers caused large-scale violence in Haryana, Punjab and parts of UP, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh on Friday, following their leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction in a rape case, Haryana Director General of Police has said that the Dera leader will not be taken to the court for sentence hearing on Monday.

Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) B.S. Sandhu, while addressing the media on Saturday said that due to security concerns, the sect chief would not be brought to the Panchkula court for sentencing on Monday.

"The sentencing will either be done through video conferencing or, if required, the court will be held there (Rohtak prison)," the DGP said, adding that the judge (Jagdeep Singh) will be taken there.

CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh while convicting the Dera chief in the 2002 rape case and sexual exploitation of two female disciples, said the quantum of punishment for the 50-year-old sect leader would be handed out on August 28.

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After large scale violence took Panchkula after the hearing, Ram Rahim was flown in a helicopter, specially arranged by the Haryana government, to Rohtak prison from where he was taken to a District Jail at Sanoria to be lodged.

Earlier, reports said that Ram Rahim was provided VIP treatment in the prison but Haryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi has denied those reports.

The DGP and Chief Secretary, however, could not explain why a woman, said to be the sect chief's daughter, was allowed to board the helicopter used to transfer the godman to the prison after he was taken into custody.

Panchkula town, adjoining here, where the CBI court announced the verdict, bore the brunt of violence unleashed by thousands of Dera supporters on Friday and resembled a war zone with a trail of 29 deaths, burnt vehicles and properties worth crores damaged or torched.