It is a well-known fact that Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has a massive following, especially in Punjab and Haryana. Not only in India but reportedly Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh enjoys big following in other countries as well. Millions of followers are connected with Dera and according to an estimate, the sect’s property is worth over billions of rupees. According to a report in Jansatta, Dera has a daily income of Rs 16,44,833. This means Dera earns Rs 600,364,103 (Over 60 crore INR). Noteworthy, this figure was taken 3 years ago. Now, the income of Dera has touched billions of rupees.
According to an Income Tax data cited by Jansatta in its report, in 2010-11 Dera’s income was Rs 165,248,455. In the year 2011-12, it grew to Rs 202,099,999. Moreover, in the 2012-13 year, it touched Rs 290,818,760. Moreover, Dera Sacha Sauda and the organisations related to it enjoy tax exemption from Income Tax Department under Section 10(23) in The Income Tax Act, 1995.
Noteworthy, at present, Punjab and Haryana are on high alert as a special CBI court in Panchkula will pronounce its verdict in a sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25.
Security personnel have also been deputed around the Dera at Sirsa in Haryana. The Punjab and Haryana governments had sought central forces to deal with the situation if the verdict goes against the Dera chief.
Sadhvi rape case
The sexual exploitation case was registered against the Dera chief in 2002 by the CBI on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after anonymous letters were circulated about the alleged sexual exploitation of two female followers. Singh was accused of raping them inside the Dera campus on the outskirts of Sirsa town in Haryana. The charge sheet in the case was filed by the CBI on July 30, 2007. The Dera chief has denied these charges.