DERA CHIEF’S EX­DRIVER MOVES HC

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA -

CHANDIGARH Khatta Singh, a former driver of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, moved the Pun­jab and Haryana high court chal­leng­ing the de­ci­sion of a Panchkula court that dis­missed his plea to de­pose again against the sect head in the on­go­ing trial in two mur­der cases.

The spe­cial CBI court had dis­missed his plea on Septem­ber 26. Khatta Singh had ear­lier been roped in as the CBI’s cru­cial wit­ness af­ter the dera chief and his men were booked for al­legedly killing dera fol­lower Ran­jit Singh and jour­nal­ist Ram Chan­dra Chat­tra­p­ati in 2002. He had claimed that he was privy to some meet­ings in which the so-called godman had or­dered his men to elim­i­nate Ran­jit and Chat­tra­p­ati. He turned hos­tile dur­ing the tes­ti­mony be­fore the court in Fe­bru­ary 2012, deny­ing any knowl­edge of the dera chief’s in­volve­ment in these cases.

Khatta’s coun­sel Navki­ran Singh said, “He is an im­por­tant wit­ness in the case. He had said that he saw the sect head or­der­ing to kill those who were mur­dered. He should be al­lowed to de­pose be­fore the court.”

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