In a major setback for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s followers, a plea seeking live or recorded broadcast of his messages or prawachans from his jail cell in Rohtak, was dismissed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday. The plea was filed on Monday by a group of his followers invoking Ram Rahim’s fundamental right to freedom of speech, right to form associations and other rights prisoners can resort to. These followers sought arrangements for the live or recorded broadcast of his messages or ‘Prawachan’ to the followers of the Sirsa-based Dera from the Sunaria jail in Rohtak.
The plea was filed by the Bathinda-based Malwa Insan Followers Dera Sacha Sauda Association through its president, Dev Raj Goyal. The plea said that the weekly or fortnightly or monthly broadcast is essential for the devotees to repose their faith in Dera Sacha Sauda. These followers had even sought a special broadcast on former Dera chief Guru Shah Satnam’s birthday. Ram Rahim is currently in jail for raping two women disciples.
Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by a special CBI court on August 28 last year. At least 30 people died in the clashes that broke out after his conviction. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s aide Honeypreet, accused of inciting the violence, was arrested by Haryana Police on October 3 after a 38-day chase.
Meanwhile, Ram Rahim’s personal assistant Rakesh Kumar has admitted before the police that he had undergone castration “on receiving orders from the dera”. Rakesh reportedly said that in 2000, he had received orders from the dera asking him to emasculate himself to realise God. Rakesh added that he complied with the dera’s orders and underwent surgical castration to eliminate his urge for sex. Rakesh, who was arrested in September last year, made these admissions before the special investigation team of the Haryana police.