Hear­ing in two mur­der cases against Dera chief to con­tinue on Mon­day

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The hear­ing of the two sep­a­rate mur­der cases against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and oth­ers will be con­tin­ued next week, court sources said, re­ports IANS.

Hear­ing in the mat­ter, which be­gan in the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) spe­cial court in Panchkula on Saturday amid tight se­cu­rity saw the sect chief tak­ing part through video con­fer­enc­ing from the Ro­htak District Jail, where he is lodged fol­low­ing his con­vic­tion in two rape cases on Au­gust 25.

Seven other ac­cused in the mur­der cases were present in the court.

The sect chief ’s coun­sel S.K. Garg told me­dia that the hear­ing of the Ran­jit Singh mur­der case will be held on Mon­day (Septem­ber 18) and jour­nal­ist Ram Chan­der Ch­ha­tra­p­ati mur­der case will be held on Septem­ber 22.

Garg said that the fi­nal ar­gu­ments will take some time to com­plete.

Meanwhile, the sect chief ’s for­mer driver, Khatta Singh, moved an ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the CBI court say­ing that he wanted to record a fresh state­ment in the mur­der case. His ap­pli­ca­tion will be taken up next week.

Khatta Singh had ear­lier given a state­ment in favour of the sect chief in the mur­der cases but now claimed that he did it un­der threat and pres­sure from the sect chief.

Tight se­cu­rity ar­range­ments, in­clud­ing para-mil­i­tary forces and Haryana Po­lice per­son­nel, were de­ployed in Panchkula town, es­pe­cially around the court com­plex in Sec­tor 1. Se­cu­rity ar­range­ments were tight­ened around the prison com­plex near Ro­htak and in Sirsa district, where the head­quar­ters of the sect are lo­cated.

The cases, re­lated to the mur­der of Sirsa-based jour­nal­ist Ch­ha­tra­p­ati and for­mer Dera man­ager Ran­jit Singh, al­legedly by func­tionar­ies and fol­low­ers of the sect, were listed for fi­nal ar­gu­ments on Saturday in the court of spe­cial CBI judge Jagdeep Singh.

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