Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh gets 20-year jail sentence, Rs 30 lakh fine in rape cases

CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced the sentence in a special courtroom set up inside Rohtak's Sunaria jail where Ram Rahim is lodged.

Published: 28th August 2017 01:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2017 09:48 PM   |  A+A-

Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh awarded 20-year-imprisonment on Monday. (File photo)

By Online Desk

A special CBI court on Monday sentenced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in prison -- 10 years for each of the two rape cases to be served consecutively -- after his conviction on Friday that triggered violence leaving 38 dead and scores injured in Haryana.

CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh, who holds the court in Panchkula, near Chandigarh, pronounced the sentence in a special courtroom set up inside the Sunaria jail where Ram Rahim, the 50-year-old self-styled godman, is lodged since last Friday after he was convicted.

Wearing a white kurta pajama and white head cloth, Ram Rahim Singh stood in front of the judge with folded hands and requested leniency. He broke into tears upon hearing the 10-year sentence.

The special courtroom within the jail was set up on the instructions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The high court had notified district jail at Sunaria as a place of sitting of CBI court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Panchkula for the purpose of hearing on the quantum of sentence and pronouncement of the sentence.

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Live updates of Dera chief Ram Rahim's sentencing:

  • 9: 20 PM: 

  • 4:30 PM: The son of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who was killed for allegedly exposing the rape cases against Ram Rahim 15 years ago, said the sentencing is "satisfactory." Anshul Chhatrapati said people did not previously agree "when we said Ram Rahim Singh is involved in objectionable activities. Happy court proved it today."

  • 4:15 PM: Army conducts a flag march in Haryana's Sirsa after the sentencing of  Ram Rahim Singh in the rape case against him.

  • 3:55 PM: CM Manohar Lal Khattar calls an emergency meeting of senior state officials, party leaders and ministers at his residence in Chandigarh.

  • 3:50 PM: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will challenge his punishment in High Court: TV reports.

  • 3:40 PM: The CBI reportedly pushed for a punishment beyond 10 years, reported NDTV. According to the sources of the channel, the investigation agency has already moved an application and will press for other charges as well.

  • 3:45 PM: There is total normalcy, our forces are on their toes. Will not let any untoward incident happen. This (sentence) must be accepted by the people and peace must prevail: Punjab CM 

  • 3:40 PM: Meanwhile, in a security advisory, the US Embassy has advised the American citizens in New Delhi, Haryana and Punjab to exercise caution in the wake of the sentencing. 

  • 3:35 PM: Medical examination of Ram Rahim Singh is being done, after this he will be given a jail uniform and will be allotted a cell in jail.

  • 3:25 PM: Ram Rahim Singh sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for raping two women in 2002.

  • 3:20 PM: Two cars set on fire in Phulka village of Sirsa allegedly by the Dera supporters, say TV reports. 

  • 3:15 PM: Judgment being read out in court: TV reports. 

  • 3:10 PM: Ram Rahim allegedly breaks down in the court: TV reports.
  • Dera chairperson Vipassna Insaan in a video message appealed to Dera followers to peacefully abide by the judgement today.

  • 3:05 PM: Meanwhile, additional forces are on standby; Army continues with the flag march, say TV sources.

  • 3:00 PM: With the sentence to be announced any time now, the Gurugram police have been on high alert to avoid any untoward incident.

  • 2:50 PM: Defence argues Ram Rahim Singh is a social worker who has worked for the welfare of people, so the judge should take a lenient view. (ANI)

  • 2:40 PM: CBI special court judge Jagdeep Singh has allotted 10 minutes each to both sides to put forth their arguments. Prosecution demands maximum punishment for Ram Rahim in the rape case. (ANI)

  • 2:35 PM: Arguments begin at Rohtak's Sonaria jail for quantum of sentence in Ram Rahim Singh rape case. (ANI)

  • 2:30 PM: Court Proceedings begin, reports ANI.

  • 2:25 PM: Eight people are present in the special make-shift court, which includes the special CBI judge, two CBI lawyers, 3 defense lawyers and 2 staff members of the judge.

  • 2:18 PM: Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh reaches Rohtak's Sonaria jail for quantum of sentence hearing of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. (ANI)

  • 2:00 PM: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's lawyer SK Narwana reaches makeshift court in Rohtak Jail ahead of the quantum of sentence hearing.

  • 1:00 PM: Police patrolling in Rohtak ahead of the quantum of sentence hearing. (ANI)

  • 12.00 PM: Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh leaves from Panchkula, expected to reach Rohtak within 40 min. Court proceedings at Sonaria jail to begin at 2:30.

  • 11:15 AM: Railway stations deserted in Karnal ahead of Ram Rahim verdict, security on alert.

  • 11:00 AM: Flag march being underway by police and the Rapid Action Force personnel in Barnala ahead of the sentencing. 

  • 10:45 AM: The Home Ministry on Monday reviewed the security situation in Haryana and Punjab ahead of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's sentencing and said the situation was "still tense but under control". Union Minister Rajnath Singh held a review meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and other officials, sources said.

  • 10:00 AM: A CBI officer is inside the jail premises, who is the only point of contact for the media with the proceedings inside the jail.

Self-styled Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court in Haryana's Panchkula on Friday. As soon as the news of the conviction broke out, violence erupted in Panchkula with angered followers of the Godman setting out on a rampage.

The violence also spilled into other parts of the state finally claiming 32 lives in Panchkula and six in Sirsa, besides leaving over 260 injured.  

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