Updated: May 21, 2021 10:13:48 pm
SIRSA-BASED DERA Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been granted parole to meet his ailing mother. He was released from Sunaria jail of Rohtak early Friday, and taken to Gurgaon to meet his mother under tight police security cover.
Undergoing a 20-year sentence for the rape of two women and life term for the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, Gurmeet Ram Rahim had applied for parole on May 17.
Sources said the convict’s location during the period of his parole would be kept ‘classified’ to prevent his followers from gathering there. No official was available for comment, on the parole at this stage.
A few days ago, he was taken out of Sunaria jail to Rohtak’s PGIMS for a medical check-up after he complained of nausea and low blood pressure. He refused a Covid-19 test in the hospital. However, his blood samples and other diagnosis were conducted by a team of doctors at Rohtak’s PGIMS. He was advised treatment according to his test reports.
After they received his parole application on May 17, Sunaria jail authorities had forwarded his application to state police and district administration to “verify if his mother is actually ill”. They had also asked Sirsa district administration to clarify if there would be any law and order threat if he is released on parole, Sunaria Jail superintendent Sunil Sangwan had said.
It was on October 24, 2020 when the dera chief was last released on a day’s parole to meet his ailing mother who was admitted in a hospital in Gurgaon. Haryana Jails Minister Ranjit Singh had said that the parole was given “as per the rules”.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has sought parole on various grounds on multiple occasions in the past — from visiting his ailing mother, to taking care of the fields. However, almost all his applications were rejected by the state government citing apprehension of disturbance of law and order issues.
Reacting to Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s parole, Ram Chander Chhatrapati’s son Anshul Chhatrapati, said, “Jail authorities can release such dreaded criminals on parole under police security cover under certain emergency situations…I have heard that he has been given a 48-hour parole this time…it appears more than a connivance between him and state government…It should be verified that he cited his mother’s ailing condition as a ground to seek parole. His mother was in Sirsa, and had been taken to a private hospital in Gurgaon. Now he has also been released on parole to go to Gurgaon and meet her there. Everybody had seen the mayhem that he and his followers caused on August 25, 2017, when a large number of people lost their lives. The state government should refrain from releasing such dreaded criminals.”
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted on August 25, 2017 on charges of raping two women “disciples”. He was pronounced guilty in both cases and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in each case (total 20 years). Subsequently, he was convicted on charges of murder of Chhatrapati on January 11, 2019. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Ram Rahim is also facing another murder charge over the killing of his dera’s manager Ranjit Singh, and another case pertaining to allegations of castration of a few followers of the dera, at his behest. The murder case is in the final arguments’ stage, and the castration case is pending under litigation.
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