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CBI court may opt for a video conference to sentance Gurmeet Ram Rahim

The District Attorney in his petition, has said on the behalf of the government that the deadly consequences of the August  25, 2017 violence in Panchkula can not be ignored and many accused of this case are still absconding.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 16 Jan 2019 5:45 AM GMT

CBI court may opt for a video conference to sentance Gurmeet Ram Rahim
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New Delhi: A special CBI court will hear the petition on Wednesday, filed by the Haryana government regarding the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and three other, convicted in the Ram Chander Chhatrapati massacre. Ram Rahim will now be sentenced on January 17.

In the Ram Chander Chhatrapati massacre, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court based in Panchkula on December 11, had convicted Ram Rahim, Nirmal Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Krishna Lal under various sections. But due to the fear of Baba Ram Rahim supporters, Panchkula District Attorney has filed a petition asking the CBI court to punish criminals in Rohtak's Sunarian jail.

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The District Attorney in his petition, has said on the behalf of the government that the deadly consequences of the August 25, 2017 violence in Panchkula can not be ignored as more than 40 people were killed and over 200 injured and still many accused of this case are still absconding.

It could only be confirmed after today's court verdict, if the the convicts are to be sentenced via video conference or are to be presented in the court. While, the debate on Chhatrapati massacre case was concluded in the CBI court, on January 2.

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In this case the prime accused, Ram Rahim's hearing was done through a video conferencing. Apart from this other convicts, Nirmal Singh, Krishna Lal and Kuldeep were sent to Ambala jail after conviction.

Ram Rahim will now be sentenced on January 17. Panchkula District Attorney Pankaj Garg filed an application on the request of the Haryana government for the conviction of Ram Rahim through a video conferencing.

The Government of Haryana had taken this decision after a high level meeting. The decision was taken after the meeting in the Secretariat under the chairmanship of Home Secretary SS Prasad on Monday. The meeting took an unanimous decision to convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim through the video conferencing from CBI court.

It is to mentioned that, Ram Chander Chhatrapati was an Indian journalist who was murdered in 2002 after he exposed the reality of Dera Sacha Sauda.

In his local evening daily 'Poora Sach' he published an elaborate article on how the Dera grew into a powerful empire using wrong methods, highlighted the plight of women sexually abused by the Dera chief after which he was shot in Sirsa by two Dera followers. Later, after few days of getting treatment the journalist died in the hospital.

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