Dera chief convicted: Timeline of the rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim
A special CBI court on Friday convicted Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim of rape.
A chronology of the case:
April 2002: Anonymous letter written to Punjab and Haryana High Court chief justice complaining about the sexual exploitation of woman followers at Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa.
May 2002: High court directs Sirsa district and sessions judge to probe the allegations in the letter.
September 2002: High court hands matter to CBI after district court indicates possibility of sexual exploitation.
December 2002: CBI registers a case of rape and criminal intimidation against Gurmeet Ram Rahim, head of the Sirsa headquartered Dera Sacha Sauda.
July 2007: CBI files chargesheet against the Dera head in an Ambala court. The chargesheet refers to the sexual exploitation of two ‘sadhvis’ (women followers) between 1999 and 2001.
September 2008: The special CBI court frames charges against Gurmeet under sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
Between 2009 and 2010: Two complainants record their statements before the court.
April 2011: The special CBI court shifts from Ambala to Panchkula. The case against the Dera chief also transferred to Panchkula CBI court.
July 2017: Special CBI court orders daily hearing
August 17, 2017: Arguments of prosecution and defence concludes. Special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh …read more