Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, 3 others get lifer in journalist murder case

On January 11, Special CBI Court judge Jagdeep Singh had convicted Ram Rahim and three others in the 2002 journalist murder case. All the four were convicted under section 302 (murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal were also convicted under the Arms Act.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Journalist murder case: Sentencing of Dera Sacha Sauda chief, 3 others shortly latest updates
The journalist was killed in Haryana's Sirsa city in 2002 after his newspaper published a letter alleging sexual exploitation of women by the self-styled godman./ AFP IMAGE
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 17 Jan 2019 07:34 PM
Chandigarh: A Special CBI court in Panchkula on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the murder of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the self-styled godman. Three other convicts Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal, have also been given life imprisonment.  Ram Rahim  is currently serving a 20-year term in a rape case. Sources have told ABP news that the two sentences will run consecutively.

In the case, the CBI and the family of the slain journalist had demanded capital punishment for Ram Rahim. "This is the triumph of truth, I feel relieved today. Prosecution had demanded capital punishment but we're satisfied with the punishment,"said Anshul, the son of the late journalist.


The convicts, Ram Rahim and three others appeared through video conference. Reports say he accepted the verdict with folded hands and got up to proceed to the barracks. The 51-year-old Sirsa-based sect head is currently serving a 20-year-prison term in Rohtak's Sunaria jail for raping two of his women followers.  While the three other convicts, Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal, are lodged in Ambala jail.

Ahead of the sentencing, security was also stepped up outside the Panchkula court complex with Haryana police putting up barricades on roads leading to the court. Elaborate security arrangements were made in Panchkula and Sirsa, headquarters of Ram Rahim Singh, and other parts of Haryana to maintain law and order situation.

The court on Wednesday accepted the Haryana government's plea seeking appearance of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect head through video conference during the pronouncement of quantum of sentence in the journalist murder case.



On January 11, Special CBI Court judge Jagdeep Singh had convicted Ram Rahim and three others in the 2002 journalist murder case.  All the four were convicted under section 302 (murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal were also convicted under the Arms Act.

Journalist Chhatrapati was shot in October 2002 outside his house in Haryana's Sirsa 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.

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