Sedition charge against Honey may go
ACCUSED of sedition and masterminding the Panchkula violence on August 25, 2017, Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s closest aide Honeypreet Insan continues to be in Ambala Central Jail for the last seven months. The charges levelled by the police in the chargesheet on November 28, 2017 are, however, yet to be framed against her and Dera followers.
The arguments on framing of charges could not be started on Tuesday (May 15) as the compact disc of the charge sheet was not attached with it. There are speculations that the sedition charges against Honeypreet and others may be dropped in future as the charge sheet lacked strong evidences to prove sedition charges.
The Panchkula Court on February 19 had dropped sedition charges against 53 Dera followers as the police could not submit incriminating evidences, including CCTV footage to frame the charges. The accused 53 Dera followers were, however, booked under a separate FIR.
FIR against Honeypreet and 14 others was registered under section 150, 153, 121, 121A, 120B of IPC for ‘waging war against the state’.
Though the police claimed it did its best to collect as much evidences as it could to make the case against Dera people, but the commissioner of Panchkula police, AS Chawla, told INDIA TODAY TV that the evidences against Honeypreet and others might not be as strong as wanted to be. Primarily because the cave, where the conspiracy was hatched, was inaccessible to anyone, including the police.
“If you look into the volume of people that were there, and the volume of load that came upon the police to say that they could have got evidences from inside the cave (Goofa), which was inapproachable to any body, to establish the conspiracy behind that violence, it would be a very tough thing. But I can assure you about one thing, that the police has done its best, and we have done that is honestly there. We have tried to collect maximum evidences that we could.”
Police don’t have evidence against Ram Rahim’s aide
Honeypreet Insan was arrested for masterminding Panchkula violence in 2017.