Self-styled godman Rampal was on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment in the second murder case filed against him by a Hisar court. On Tuesday, the godman and his 14 followers were awarded life imprisonment in connection with a murder case. The quantum of sentence pronounced today was in the murder case registered with FIR 430/2014.
The complainants in both the cases had alleged that their respective wives’ were held captive inside Rampal’s ashram and later killed. The case was lodged by Suresh of Jakhora village of Lalitpur district in Uttar Pradesh.
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge in Hisar sentenced Rampal, 67, to life imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh under Section 302 IPC.
On October 11, the court had convicted the self-styled godman and 26 followers in two separate cases of murder and other offences, including wrongful confinement of his victims at his hermitage.
Both the sentences will run concurrently. The two cases against Rampal and his followers were lodged at Barwala police station on November 19, 2014.
Besides the murder charges, the Barwala police had also registered the offence of wrongful confinement, among others, in the two FIRs.
In November 2014, Rampal failed top appear for the hearing in the case, prompting the court to issue an arrest warrant. As the police arrived at Rampal’s Ashram to arrest him, his followers and devotees, numbering more than 15,000, surrounded the sprawling 12-acre hermitage and tried prevent the godman’s arrest. Six people, including three women and three children, died in a violence between Rampal’s supporters and police.