Press Reporter News Service
Panchkula, October 12
A particular CBI court docket in Panchkula on Tuesday deferred the quantum of sentence to October 18 in opposition to the Dera chief and 4 different convicts within the homicide case of a sect follower, Ranjit Singh.
Through the hours-long arguments, the CBI sought loss of life penalty for Ram Rahim, who, in flip, appealed for mercy in view of his work in direction of social causes.
Whereas the prosecution concluded its arguments (which included Supreme court docket judgements), the defence counsels, excluding convict Avtar Singh’s lawyer PK Sandhir (who addressed arguments), requested “quick adjournment to advance their arguments on the quantum of sentence because the case legal guidelines cited by prosecution are to be gone via by them”.
The court docket entertained request and adjourned the quantum to October 18.
Particular CBI prosecutor HPS Verma mentioned the CBI reserved its order on the sentencing for October 18 on a request filed by the defence counsels looking for time to file a counter to the CBI arguments.
He mentioned, ‘’We’ve sought most punishment underneath 302 (homicide) of the IPC in opposition to Ram Rahim as he’s a earlier convict in two instances” he mentioned, including that he (Dera chief) via an eight-page assertion submitted earlier than the court docket, pleaded for leniency due to the charity work by the dera equivalent to tree plantations, eye camps, and aid materials despatched to flood and quake-hit areas.
The defence counsels will conclude their counter arguments on the following day of the listening to following which the court docket is predicted to pronounce quantum.
Jagsheer Singh, the son of sufferer Ranjit Singh, additionally appeared earlier than the court docket and requested it to “award extreme punishment to the convicts and compensation to him and his household”.
Ram Rahim was produced from Rohtak’s Sunaria jail, through video conferencing, whereas 4 different convicts have been bodily current within the court docket.
Ram Rahim is already serving a 20-year jail time period for raping his two disciples, and life imprisonment for the homicide of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
On October 8, the court docket of particular CBI decide, Dr Sushil Kumar Garg, had convicted Ram Rahim, Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, Avtar Singh and Sabdil Singh underneath Part 302 and 120-B.