It was literally a shocking moment for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh when the CBI judge read out the verdict convicting him of rape of sadhvis. When Judge Jagdeep Singh started reading out the verdict in Panchkula CBI court, Dera chief was standing with folded hands in front of everyone in courtroom. And, as soon he was pronounced guilty by the CBI court, Gurmeet started crying, according to a report in Dainik Bhaskar. Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the case, the judge asked everyone in the courtroom to switch off their mobile phones too. It was ordered that before official press release is rolled out, no channel is allowed to break the news of Dera chief’s rape conviction, the Dainik Bhaskar report added.
Followers of Ram Rahim went on the rampage in Panchkula and some other parts of Haryana on Friday after the CBI court convicted him of rape. Over 30 died and more than 250 were injured in violence in Panchkula and other parts of Punjab and Haryana.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday too slammed the mayhem created by followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim, saying violence in the name of faith won’t be tolerated and asserted that the guilty would not be spared. In his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi said everybody will have to bow before the law.
“At a time, when the country is in the mode of celebrating festivals, news of violence from any part is naturally a matter of concern,” the prime minister said, clearly referring to the mayhem created by the followers of Ram Rahim, chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, in Haryana.
An uneasy calm prevailed on Sunday in Haryana and Punjab where curfew was relaxed at some places that were hit by violence in the aftermath of the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. There was no report of any violence in Haryana since Saturday even as security forces remained on alert. Relaxation in curfew was being given at various places where it had been clamped earlier, officials said.