Self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in jail — 10 years each for two rapes that will run consecutively, and not concurrently as was understood initially. He was sentenced at a jail in Haryana's Rohtak by Judge Jagdeep Singh who flew down by government helicopter to conduct prison-side court proceedings. The judge delivered the sentence at the Rohtak prison today to prevent a repeat of Friday's violence. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 30 lakh on the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.
"Judge announced 10 years of imprisonment and Rs 15 lakh fine each in two cases. Rs 14 lakh each to be paid to both victims," SK Narwana, Ram Rahim Singh's lawyer, told ANI.
CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal has also confirmed that the Dera chief will be serving 20 years in prison. The sentences to run consecutively.
The defence counsel said he will appeal against the orders in the high court.
Apparently, the Dera chief broke down after hearing the verdict and wept as he dropped down to the floor. He had to be forcefully removed from the court as the Dera chief refused to accompany the cops escorting him for medical checkups and further formalities.
The CBI Court in its judgment has said that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will be treated as any other 'ordinary' convict and will not be provided special amenities or an attendant.
Ram Rahim's lawyers had pleaded for a lighter sentence in view of his philanthropic work today; the CBI had sought a life sentence.
The 50-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda leader was on Friday found guilty in the 15-year-old case. Within minutes of the verdict, his followers ran riot and clashed with security forces, leaving 38 people dead and 250 injured. While 32 people were killed in Panchkula, where the case was heard, six died in Sirsa, the headquarters of the sect.
Haryana and Punjab remained on high alert with officials warning that violent miscreants will be shot at sight, describing the security situation as "challenging.”