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Dera chief gets interim bail till October 15
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh with his followers at Hooda Ground in Ambala on Thursday after appearing in the district court.
Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh with his followers at Hooda Ground in Ambala on Thursday after appearing in the district court. Tribune photo by Kamal Sachar

Ambala, October 4
A CBI court today granted interim bail to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Special Judge for CBI cases in Haryana R.K. Saini granted interim bail to the dera chief till October 15.

A regular bail application was moved by counsel for the dera chief. The arguments by counsel for the dera chief and counsel for the CBI lasted more than an hour and a half.

The counsel for the dera chief said he was being falsely implicated in the case. It was submitted that the dera chief was not involved in the cases being investigated by the CBI.

The dera chief arrived at the court complex in Ambala City amid tight security at 10 am. The vehicle carrying him and other escort vehicles were taken to a cordoned-off area from where the dera head walked to the court.

Wearing an embroidered kurta, the dera chief stood quietly in the courtroom. Senior police officials, including Ambala range IG S.S. Deswal and superintendent of police K.V. Ramana were present.

After he was granted bail by the Special Judge for CBI cases, the dera chief walked to the court of Special Magistrate for CBI cases in Haryana R.N. Bharati. Although the magistrate sits on the first floor, it was decided to hear the case at a courtroom on the ground floor for security reasons.

The magistrate handed over a copy of the challan filed by the CBI against the dera chief. The counsel for the dera head submitted that they should be given time to carefully study the CBI challan and point out if there are any shortcomings.

The magistrate fixed October 27 for scrutinising the challan and committing the case to sessions trial.

The CBI has filed the challan against the dera chief in the Ranjit Singh murder case, journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati murder case and a sadhvi sexual exploitation case.

Tight security arrangements had been made and even mediapersons were not allowed to witness the proceedings. A posse of police personnel stood guard at the court complex to ensure that there was no untoward incident. Private vehicles were not allowed inside the court complex.

Litigants had to bear the brunt of the security arrangements. A number of litigants, who had to be present in different courts today, were stopped at the barricades and it was only after the dera chief left the complex around noon that they managed to reach the court complex.

A litigant suggested that as the court work was paralysed during the hearing of the dera chief cases, the cases should be heard at some other place.

After the court proceedings were over, the dera chief was escorted out of the court complex and was taken to the HUDA Sector 8 ground where a large number of his followers had gathered. The followers of the dera chief had begun to gather in Ambala City since the past two days and they had occupied the HUDA ground as well as parks and other open spaces in Ambala City.

Addressing the gathering from behind a bulletproof glass shield, the dera chief said he was a believer in humanity. He said he had not asked his followers to assemble here and they had come on their own. He exhorted his followers to maintain peace. Thereafter, the dera chief left Ambala to head back to his dera in Sirsa.



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