Court of district and session judge Tejwinder Singh on Thursday dismissed the case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, which was lodged on May 20, 2007 for hurting Sikh sentiments.
While Dera followers have called it a legal victory, the main complainant, Rajinder Singh Sidhu, said that after receiving the court order, he will file an appeal in High Court as he was not satisfied with the decision of Bathinda court. Rajinder had filed a case against the Dera Chief for hurting religious sentiments by dressing up like Guru Gobind Singh.
However, the case was finally dismissed by Bathinda court, though in the ongoing proceedings the police had filed a cancellation report in the court on January 27, 2012 presenting an affidavit of Rajinder saying that he was ready to discontinue the case. However, Rajinder challenged that it was a fake affidavit and hence the case had continued. Following this, Dera went to High Court in 2012, however the case was sent back to the lower court once again and on May 20, this year the court of chief judicial magistrate had summoned the Dera head for a personal appearance on August 8, 2014.
Following the summon, once again the Dera head filed an appeal before the session judge and today the judge dismissed the case. Advocates from Dera Sacha Sauda — SK Garg Narwana, Gurdas Singh Salwara and Kewal Brar — were present in the court personally. They said that the case was baseless as the police was not able to present challan in court within framed time and later they also presented cancellation report. Thus there was no point to continue the case.
Following arguments of both sides, session judge considered the cancellation report of police and thus dismissed the case against the Dera chief.