Rap for Haryana, fresh warrant against Rampal

HC rejects medical report saying self-styled godman is ill; armed followers stand guard at ashram.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh, Chandigarh/ Jalandhar/ Shimla | Published: November 11, 2014 1:11:57 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday expressed displeasure over the Haryana government’s failure to arrest and produce self-styled godman Sant Rampal against whom it had issued a non-bailable warrant in a contempt case.

The division bench of Justices M Jeyapaul and Sneh Prashar also expressed unhappiness over the Hisar administration forming a medical board, which certified that he was too ill to be produced before court.

Issuing fresh non-bailable warrant against Sant Rampal, the court directed Haryana’s Home Secretary and Director General of Police to either ensure his presence on or before November 17, or the two themselves appear before the court.

The court said: “We are not happy with the way in which a medical board was constituted, without the authority of this court in order to evade implementation of the directions of this court.

“We are totally dissatisfied with the view expressed by the medical board as regards the health condition of contemner Rampal,” the court observed.

The bench also initiated proceedings to cancel the bail which was granted to Rampal by a single bench in 2008 in a murder case. The court had initiated contempt proceedings against Rampal after his followers mobbed the courts in Rohtak and Hisar, where he was to be produced in the murder case in July. Despite notices, he did not appear in the court.

After the court issued non-bailable warrant, a large of number of his followers gathered at the Hisar ashram with armed men taking position both inside and outside.

When the proceedings began, Haryana DGP Shriniwas Vashisht filed a status report, stating that the police force provided was inadequate to maintain law and order in the event of Rampal’s arrest.

The police produced Ram Kanwar Dhaka, chief of the National Social Service Commission and a Rampal follower, against whom the court had issued a non-bailable warrant as well.

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