CBI court dismisses plea of Dera chief's former driver

Khatta Singh had given his statement against Ram Rahim Singh in 2007, but he retracted it five years later, citing pressure from Ram Rahim Singh and his "goons".

Published: 25th September 2017 07:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th September 2017 07:54 PM   |  A+A-

Ram Rahim's former driver Khatta Singh | ANI

By PTI

PANCHKULA: A special CBI court here today dismissed a plea by Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's former driver, Khatta Singh, seeking to record a fresh statement in the murder case of ex-Dera manager Ranjit Singh.

"The application (of Khatta Singh) has been dismissed by the CBI court today," said his counsel Navkiran Singh, adding that he was yet to receive a copy of the judgment.

The special CBI court is hearing two murder cases - of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh. Khatta Singh is a witness in both the cases.

Ram Rahim Singh has been named a conspirator in the cases and is serving a 20-year sentence in two other rape cases.

On September 22, the court said it would on September 25 pronounce verdict on Khatta Singh's plea in which he had sought its permission to record a new statement in the Ranjit Singh case.

Khatta Singh had moved an application in the court on September 16 to testify against the Dera head. The defence counsel in the case had opposed the plea.

He had given his statement against Ram Rahim Singh in 2007, but he retracted it five years later, citing pressure from Ram Rahim Singh and his "goons".

Ranjit Singh was shot dead in July 2002. He was killed for his suspected role in circulating an anonymous letter that alleged sexual exploitation of disciples by the Dera head at his Sirsa headquarters, according to the prosecution.

Chhatrapati was also shot at in October of the same year after a newspaper owned by him published the letter.

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