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SC rejects DSGMC’s petition
Probe in cases against Dera chief
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, June 6
After refusing to intervene in recent Dera Sacha Sauda controversy, the Supreme Court today rejected the plea of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) for expeditious probe by the CBI in some pending cases against Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh some of his followers.

Declining to take cognizance of the DSGMC petition, a Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and D K Jain said once the Punjab and Haryana High Court was seized of the matter, there was no reason for the apex court to intervene in the these cases.

The Court on June 4 had also rejected a petition of a Dera trustee and a public interest litigation on the issue of the threat against the Deras for their closure, issued by the Akal Takht, saying that the judiciary had no role to play in religious affairs like these and they be left to the government to take appropriate decisions.

Moreover, the apex court had said that in the law and order issue arising out of the recent controversy, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was already monitoring the situation.

The DSGMC had sought a direction to the CBI to expedite the investigation in some criminal cases registered against the Dera chief and some of its functionaries.

According to the Sikh body in the nation capital, two cases related to alleged murder of a journalist and “sexual exploitation” of a “sadhvi” were being probed by the CBI but it was going very slow with the investigation.

The apex court disapproved the practice of people rushing to the Supreme Court on every issue.

It was also alleged that in the Ranjeet Singh murder case against five of Dera functionaries, no progress had been made on the question of framing of charges as the proceedings in the trial court were going on in a slow pace despite the main and supplementary chare-sheets filed in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had earlier stated that the law should take its own course against Dera chief and its functionaries in the criminal cases being probed by the CBI.

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