A special CBI court in Haryana’s Panchkula has sentenced the Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim to life imprisonment, along with four others, finding them guilty of the murder of Rahim’s disciple Ranjit Singh.
Ram Rahim has been lodged in jail in Haryana’s Rohtak since his 2017 conviction for the rape of two followers, and is also serving a life-term for another murder
The CBI has said Ranjit Singh was shot dead on July 10, 2002, by four persons in Kurukshetra. Sources had reported that Ranjit, who was also a follower of Ram Rahim, was murdered in 2002 for his suspected role in circulating an anonymous letter, which is said to have exposed the sexual exploitation at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters at Sirsa.
Police had tightened security in Panchkula and Sirsa in anticipation of possible violence after the court handed down its sentence .
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