Dera Sacha Sauda chief files fresh plea as rape trial nears end

As the trial in the rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief nears its fag end, the Dera head has filed another application in the Special CBI Court, which resumed the hearing in the case

By: Express News Service | Panchkula | Published:November 6, 2016 5:52 am
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As the trial in the rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief nears its fag end, the Dera head has filed another application in the Special CBI Court, which resumed the hearing in the case in Panchkula on Saturday.

In his application, Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim has sought a copy of the statements recorded by one of the investigating officers of CBI, Satnarayan. According to the defence counsel, Satnarayan had carried out the initial investigation and recorded the statements of the alleged victims.

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The case pertains to serious allegations of sexual exploitation of sadhvis (female followers) against the Sirsa-based Dera head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The case was registered in 2002, after the alleged victims wrote letters to then then Prime Minister and demanded action.

The defence had earlier filed applications for summoning former CBI official, K L Raina who had initially recorded statements of the alleged victims, and also the handwriting samples of the complainants. The application was dismissed by the Panjab and Haryana High Court, after which the defence moved the Supreme Court. The fresh application comes less than a week after the cross-examination of Raina was completed and is being considered as a delaying tactics. The statements of all the witnesses is completed and the case is in the stage of final arguments.

The court has directed the CBI counsel to submit its reply on the next date of hearing on November 9.