Published On: Mon, Aug 28th, 2017

Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim gets 20 years jail term for rape

Rohtak (Haryana): Eighteen years after he raped two of his female disciples, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was on Monday sentenced to 20 years jail for rape and criminal intimidation and fined Rs 30 lakh.

Ram Rahim was immediately medically examined by doctors and found to be fine

The rapist sect chief has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in each of the two cases of rape. Both the sentences will run consecutively, the sect chief’s counsel S.K. Garg Narwana said after the special CBI judge pronounced the sentence in the District Jail in Sunaria, which was brought under extraordinary security following Friday’s violence.

The rape victims will get Rs 14 lakh each as compensation from the fine, CBI special court Judge Jagdeep Singh, who was flown in a helicopter from Chandigarh, said in the judgment.

Earlier, there was confusion over the term of the sentence, with reports that Ram Rahim was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Later, his counsel clarified the position.

Judge Jagdeep Singh had on Friday held the Dera chief guilty of rape and criminal intimidation of the two female disciples in 1999. The complaint in the cases was filed in 2002.

There was drama inside the special court near Rohtak as the convicted sect chief broke down and pleaded with folded hands before the judge.

After the sentence was announced, Ram Rahim sat down on the floor and wept. He was taken away by jail wardens.

Ram Rahim was immediately medically examined by doctors and found to be fine.

Earlier, the judge was specially flown to Rohtak, 70 km from Delhi, on Monday for announcing the sentence at the special court.

Ram Rahim was brought and lodged in the jail (Prisoner No. 1997) here after his conviction by the CBI court in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, on Friday.

Immediately after the sentencing, the Dera chief was taken in for a medical examination, after which he will be given a jail uniform and allotted a cell in jail.

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