The Dera Sacha Sauda chief Guru Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insaan is in the news as the special CBI court in Panchkula is set to announce its verdict in a sexual exploitation case against him on August 25. The head of the Sirsa-headquartered sect has been asked to appear in person before the court the same day and the police are taking every possible step to ensure the law and order situation in the city or elsewhere is not affected. In 2002, a Dera Sacha Sauda sadhvi sent an anonymous letter to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee accusing Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of raping her and other sadhvis. She accused the Dera chief of warning her not to talk about the incident, boasting of the clout he had with politicians in Punjab and Haryana.
This isn’t the first case when Guru Ram Rahim Singh is making the headlines. Last year in a video that had gone viral, he was seen telling the reporters that sportsmen like boxer Vijender Singh and Indian cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli took training from him. In this video that was uploaded to YouTube on September 17, 2016, Guru Ram Rahim Singh said that he has played as many as 32 national sports and also coaches players.
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In the ongoing case, the CBI had questioned 18 sadhvis who had left the Dera, according to a report by The Indian Express. Out of this, two women accused the Dera chief of rape. CBI had filed the charge sheet in the case on July 30, 2007. The Dera chief is also an accused in the murders of Dera follower Ranjit Singh (whose family alleges that he was killed on suspicion of involvement in the anonymous sadhvi’s letter) and journalist Ram Chander Chattrapati (who wrote extensively on “illegal activities” in the Dera).