New Dera: Jail, for 20 yrs
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim repeatedly cried, howled, whimpered and begged for mercy after a special CBI court on Monday sentenced him to 20 years in jail and fined him Rs 30 lakh for raping two of his followers about 15 years ago. The court read out two sentences of 10 years in jail and Rs 15 lakh fine for each of the two cases. Both sentences will run consecutively.
The order came two days after Ram Rahim’s conviction triggered large-scale violence and left 38 people dead in Haryana. CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh, who holds the court in Panchkula, flew down by a government helicopter to hear arguments and pronounce the sentence in a special courtroom set up inside Rohtak’s Sunaria jail where the self-styled godman was lodged on Friday.
Thousands of soldiers guarded the prison and the Army was on stand-by. Once the proceedings got over, the 50-year-old burly, bearded man, still crying uncontrollably and seeking mercy, refused to leave the court. He had to be dragged out by cops.
The man, who claims to have saved many lives, was heard crying, “koi bacha lo”.
At 2:30 PM, a jittery and nervous Ram Rahim, accompanied by two cops, was ushered in …read more