Social media giant Twitter on Friday froze the official account of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda who has been convicted in two rape cases and sentenced to 20 years in jail, IANS reported. “@Gurmeetramrahim’s account has been withheld in: India,” read the message returned after a search on the micro-blogging site. “In our continuing effort to make our services available to users everywhere, if we receive a valid and properly scoped request from an authorised entity, it may be necessary to reactively withhold access to certain content in a particular country from time to time,” Twitter explains as reported by IANS. The report says that if twitterati see a “grayed-out user in timeline or elsewhere in Twitter”, the access to that particular account is withheld in a particular country. Held guilty for raping his two female disciples, the Dera chief was on Monday sentenced to 20 years in jail for rape and criminal intimidation and fined Rs 30 lakh.
Singh was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in each of the two instances of rape. The sentences will run consecutively. IANS had reported that conviction verdict against the Dera chief had led to large-scale violence in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, and Sirsa in Haryana by sect followers which left 38 people dead and 264 injured. However, on Monday situation remained largely peaceful, when the quantum of sentence against Singh was announced by the court.
The self-proclaimed godman is currently facing two murder cases against him, Indian Express reports. Among the two cases, first relates to the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati, while the other relates to murder of Dera follower Ranjeet Singh. Gurmeet Ram Rahim was booked on charges of conspiracy in both the cases. While Ranjeet Singh was allegedly killed for his suspected role in the circulation of the anonymous letter. Chhatarpati, a Sirsa-based journalist, was allegedly killed for exposing the rape accusations against the baba in his evening newspaper Pura Sachh in 2000.