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Appearance of Dera Sacha Sauda chief: Police file plea in High Court

The CBI court had earlier sought the personal appearance of Dera chief on October 5 in an alleged case of rape of two of his disciples at the Dera in Sirsa in 2002.

The Panchkula Police have filed a review petition with the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking the dismissal of the order passed by the CBI court earlier for the personal appearance of Dera Sacha Sauda chief,Gurmeet Baba Ram Rahim,on October 5 for recording his statement on the prosecution evidence that was produced against him on rape charges.

Commissioner of police Panchkula-Ambala range,Rajbir Deswal,said that the review petition sought the statement of Gurmeet Baba Ram Rahim be recorded through video-conferencing. He said that the state has contended through the petition that the Dera chief was facing threat to his life and given the reports that a large number of followers will accompany him at the time of his appearance in the court this could lead to a law and order problem. Police have also contended in the review petition that personal appearance of the Dera chief in the court could spark off a communal violence.

The CBI court had earlier sought the personal

appearance of Dera chief on October 5 in an alleged case of rape of two of his disciples at the Dera in Sirsa in 2002. The court had issued the orders after the prosecution evidence in the case was closed.

Deswal said that the review petition has been filed in which it has been sought that video-conferencing be employed for recording his statement. Police had earlier also moved the plea for video-conferencing with the CBI court which,however,rejected the police contention. Police had made out that under Section 313 of the CrPC there is a provision that a person can represent himself or herself through a counsel in the court and a questionnaire can be given to Baba Ram Rahim for his statement on the points that were raised in the court during the recording of the prosecution evidence.