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Punjab and Haryana High Court Acquits Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in 2002 Murder Case

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh acquitted by Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2002 Ranjit Singh Murder Case

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has acquitted Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and four others in the 2002 murder case of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh. The decision was pronounced by a Bench comprising Justices Sureshwar Thakur and Lalit Batra. This verdict overturns the convictions made by a CBI Court in Panchkula in 2021, which had sentenced Ram Rahim and four co-accused—Avtar Singh, Jasbir Singh, Sabdil Singh, and Krishan Lal—to life imprisonment.

Continuing Incarceration Despite Acquittal

Despite this acquittal, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will continue to serve time in prison. He remains incarcerated due to previous convictions, including a high-profile rape case and another case involving conspiracy to commit murder.

Background: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s Criminal History

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, has a notorious criminal history. In 2017, he was convicted of raping two of his female followers, a case that led to widespread violence and unrest upon his conviction. In addition to the rape conviction, Ram Rahim was found guilty in another murder conspiracy case related to the killing of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati, who had exposed the sexual exploitation occurring within the Dera.

The 2002 murder case of Ranjit Singh, for which he has now been acquitted, involved allegations that Ram Rahim orchestrated the killing to prevent Singh from exposing illegal activities within the Dera. This series of convictions has significantly impacted his influence and the operations of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect.

More details on the recent acquittal and its implications are awaited.

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