Press Reporter News Service
Panchkula, October 12
A particular CBI court docket in Panchkula on Tuesday deferred saying the quantum of sentence in opposition to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and 4 others to October 18 within the homicide case of a sect follower, Ranjit Singh.
Ram Rahim was produced within the court docket from Rohtak’s Sunaria jail through video conferencing, whereas 4 different accused had been current in individual.
The CBI sought dying penalty for Ram Rahim, whereas his lawyer requested for mercy citing his social work report.
Particular CBI prosecutor HPS Verma mentioned the court docket reserved its order on the sentencing for October 18 on a request filed by the defence counsel that they want time to file a counter to the CBI arguments.
He mentioned the prosecution (CBI) has sought most punishment in opposition to Ram Rahim beneath Part 302 (homicide) of the IPC as he’s a earlier convict in two circumstances.
Verma added that the Dera Chief in an eight-page assertion submitted earlier than the court docket pleaded for leniency due to the charity work accomplished by the dera akin to tree plantation, eye camps and reduction materials despatched to flood and earthquake-hit areas.
On October 8, the court docket had convicted Dera head Ram Rahim, Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, Avtar Singh and Sabdil Singh responsible beneath Sections 302 (homicide) and 120B (felony conspiracy) of the IPC.
On October 5, the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket had dismissed a petition filed by Ranjit Singh’s son in search of switch of the case from Panchkula to every other particular CBI court docket in Haryana, Punjab or Chandigarh, alleging that “every part has been manipulated by means of CBI public prosecutor KP Singh”.
The sufferer, Ranjit Singh, was shot useless on July 10,2002 at his native village in Kurukshetra.
In response to the CBI, Ram Rahim hatched a conspiracy to kill the sufferer on the suspicion that he was behind the circulation of an nameless letter highlighting sexual exploitation of feminine disciples on the dera.
There was tight safety outdoors the district court docket complicated.