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Journalist murder case LIVE: Gurmeet Ram Rahim, three others convicted on murder, criminal conspiracy charges

Journalist murder case LIVE updates: Court convicts jailed self-styled godman Gurmit Ram Rahim in the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh addressing his followers at his ashram. (File photo)

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Journalist Murder Case LIVE Updates: A Panchkula court Friday convicted jailed self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others in the case pertaining to murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati. Security has been beefed up in Haryana and parts of Punjab where many followers of the cult Dera Sacha Sauda reside. Panchkula DCP Kamal Deep Goel imposed Section 144 of CrPC throughout the district Thursday. Police personnel have also been deployed near the Sunaria Jail in Rohtak where the 51-year-old sect head is currently serving a 20-year term.

Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after his newspaper, ‘Poora Sach’, published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. The journalist later succumbed to injuries and a case was registered in 2003. The case was handed over to the CBI in 2006. On August 25, 2017, Ram Rahim was convicted in rape cases of two sadhvis inside the Dera premises in Sirsa. The conviction of the Dera chief was followed by massive violence by his followers.

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All eyes now on sentencing on Jan 17

“All the four accused have been convicted,” CBI counsel HPS Verma told PTI after special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced the verdict here. The sentence will be pronounced on January 17. The three others accused are Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal.

Case was registered in 2003 and handed over to the CBI in 2006

Chhatrapati was shot in October 2002 outside his house after his newspaper 'Poora Sach' published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. The case was registered in 2003 and handed over to the CBI in 2006. Ram Rahim was named the main conspirator in the case.

(Journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati)

All four were charged with hatching the conspiracy and murdering Sirsa-based journalist

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh appeared in today’s court proceedings through video conferencing. He is currently lodged in Sunaria jail at Rohtak. The three other convicts will now be taken to Ambala jail. READ MORE HERE

 

'Not a small task to expose a devil': Son of killed journalist

We have struggled for a long time against such an influential person. A devil who covered his face with 'santgiri' and religion. It was not a small task to expose him. The governments of the Centre and many states wanted to shelter him. But despite that, we keep struggling. We faced a lot of hardships. He adopted each and every tactic to delay the investigation and trial of the case. Despite all these obstacles, some people were performing their duty with honesty. That's why this matter reached this stage. Witnesses recorded their statements without selling their soul to anyone. CBI, adalaton ne apana jameer nahi becha (CBI and the courts worked honestly). We had hopes of justice from the judiciary from the beginning. The verdict of August 25, 2017, against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the rape case in which he was imprisoned for 20 years, was a historical one. It was against a person in front of whom the governments used to bow down. When this verdict came, the confidence of people in the judiciary increased. The accused may be howsoever influential but the courts in Hindustan are capable in taming him. READ MORE HERE

Quantum of punishment to be announced on January 17

Ram Chander Chattarpati was running a newspaper “Poora Sach”. In May, 2002, he had published a news item about the anonymous complaint of a Sadhvi regarding sexual exploitation of Sadhvis in Dera Sacha Sauda in his newspaper. Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh had shot at him on October 24, 2002 evening. Krishan Lal's licensed .32 bore revolver was used in the crime. 

All four were charged with hatching into the conspiracy and murdering Sirsa based journalist Ram Chander Chattarpati, 51. Ram Chander Chattarpati was running a newspaper “Poora Sach”. In May 2002, he had published a news item about the anonymous complaint of a Sadhvi regarding sexual exploitation of Sadhvis in Dera Sacha Sauda in his newspaper. Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh had shot at him on October 24, 2002 evening. Krishan Lal's licensed .32 bore revolver was used in the crime. 

Gurmeet Ram Rahim, three others convicted on murder, criminal conspiracy charges

BREAKING | Gurmeet Ram Rahim, three others convicted on murder, criminal conspiracy charges in the murder of the journalist. The 51-year-old sect head is currently serving a 20-year prison term in Rohtak's Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.

Three other accused arrive in court

Three other accused, Kuldeep Singh, Krishna Lal and Nirmal Singh, arrive in court of special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh, ahead of the verdict in journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati's murder case, in which self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim is the main accused. 

Ram Rahim, jailed for rape, will be produced in the court through video conferencing. 

Dera chief accused in murder of journalist; verdict today

Media and police wait outside Panchkula District Court ahead of verdict on Ram Rahim in journalist's murder case.

(Express Photo by Jaipal Singh)

Scenes outside Panchkula District Court ahead of verdict

Security beefed up near Panchkula district court

Who is Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 51, is the head of spiritual sect Dera Sacha Sauda, which was established by Mastaa Balochistani, on April 29, 1948. The headquarter of the sect is located in Sirsa district of Haryana and has over 46 ashrams spread all across the country. The Dera Sacha Sauda chief enjoys a massive following. In 2015, the Indian Express placed Singh at position 96 in the list of 100 most powerful Indians.  Gurmeet Ram Rahim has also become a subject of several controversies over the years. Since 2002, he has been named in several cases dealing with rape, murder and forced castration.

Won't allow gathering: Police alert ahead of verdict

Sandeep Khirwar, IG Rohtak Range: "We have 2-tier security around the jail, 500 police personnel,  and aerial drones have also been deployed, we'll not allow any gatherings. I would request all the people to keep calm, we'll ensure that no trouble is caused to people." 

Gurmeet Ram Rahim in jail for raping sadhvis

Self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is currently serving a 20 year prison term. On August 25, 2017, Panchkula witnessed massive violence after the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in rape cases of two sadhvis inside the Dera premises in Sirsa. As many as 30 people were killed in Panchkula and six others in the subsequent violence in Sirsa district.

Police personal looking at remaining of the burning vehicles after violence by the huge mass of Dera Sacha Sauda supporters gathered at in Panchkula after CBI court pronounced Gurmeet Ran Rahem Singh as Convicted in a Rape case, on August 25 2017. (File/Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

Security outside Rohtak jail ahead of verdict

Security tightened near Sunaria Jail in Rohtak where Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is serving a 20-year term for raping two sadhvis inside the Dera premises in Sirsa.

Security tightened in Rohtak ahead of verdict

Security tightened in Rohtak ahead of the verdict in the murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Verdict today; jailed Ram Rahim to be produced in court through video conferencing

The court of special CBI judge, Jagdeep Singh, has already accepted the application of Haryana police to produce Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, lodged at District Jail Rohtak, through video conferencing. Three other accused – Krishan Lal, Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh will appear in the court personally.

Panchkula turns fortress ahead of verdict

Security tightened around Panchkula court ahead of the verdict in the murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Kamaldeep Goel, DCP Panchkula said "There is heavy deployment of police force. Around 500 personnel are deployed around the premises of the court. Heavy barricading has been put in place."

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Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Haryana especially in Panchkula, Sirsa (headquarter of Dera) and Rohtak districts with several companies of the state armed police, anti-riot police and commando force being deployed to deal with any law and order situation.

“Security has been enhanced in Haryana,” said Haryana ADGP (Law and Order) Muhammad Akil. Directions have been issued to police in all the districts not to allow any unnecessary gathering and maintain extra vigil, said police official adding that police nakas have also been laid at several places. Additional police force has also been deployed near the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda in Sirsa in Haryana, police said.

“Security has been enhanced in Haryana,” said Haryana ADGP (Law and Order) Muhammad Akil. Directions have been issued to police in all the districts not to allow any unnecessary gathering and maintain extra vigil, said police official adding that police nakas have also been laid at several places.

In Punjab where there are sizeable numbers of Dera followers, elaborate security arrangements have been made in Bathinda and Ferozepur ranges. “We have made elaborate security arrangements in Bathinda range,” said Punjab Inspector General (Bathinda Range) M F Farooqui told PTI.