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Big Verdict: Ram Rahim Held Guilty Of Rape, Sent To Jail; Sentencing On Monday

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| August 25 , 2017 , 18:37 IST

The CBI special court in Panchkula on Friday found the self-styled god man Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty in a 15-year-old rape case.

Trial court judge Jagdeep Singh announced the verdict amid unprecedented security here. The sentence will be pronounced by the court on Monday.

The sect chief was present in the court when the judgment was given in Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh. Outside, tens of thousands of his supporters were massed along with thousands of security personnel.

The rape victims, despite threats and pressures all along, stood their ground on rape and sexual harassment allegations during the nearly 15-year hearing of the case in court.

The 50-years-old spiritual leader was accused of raping two of his women followers at his sect headquarter in Haryana's Sirsa back in 2002.

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According to speculations, the case had been delayed by 15 years due to his political influence based on the sheer volume of his followers.

In anticipation of a potential outrage, the police had already suspended the mobile services in Haryana and Chandigarh for 72 hours while all the trains directed towards Chandigarh have also been cancelled.

Outside the court, tens of thousands of supporters were massed. So were thousands of security personnel. 

Once the verdict was given, Ram Rahim Singh was examined by doctors. Informed sources he would be taken to the military complex at Chandi Mandir in Panchkula.

The rape victims, despite threats and pressures all along, stood their ground on rape and sexual harassment allegations during the nearly 15-year-long hearing of the matter in court.

A pall of gloom descended among the thousands of followers as the verdict became known. In no time, some of them began attacking media personnel.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that the court's verdict will be implemented whatever it may be. The state is ready to deal with any circumstances with the security arrangement in place added the CM.