Published On: Thu, Jan 29th, 2015

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim in trouble in blasphemy case

Bathinda (29th Jan) SNS :- The pile of worries of controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh seems to be growing as the Bhatinda court’s order, which had given him relief, has now been challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The petitioner duo – Jaspal Singh of Hoshiarpur and Hardeep Singh of Bhatinda – demanded the cancellation of the Bhatinda session judge’s order which approved the cancellation of the police report in the alleged blasphemy case registered against the dera chief.

The petitioners told the court that Ram Rahim had addressed a congregation of followers on May 11, 2007 in Salabatpura in Bhatinda where he had dressed like Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. One Rajinder Singh Sidhu had filed a police complaint against the him on May 20, 2007. Following the complaint, the police had registered an FIR. Subsequently, the Punjab government, on June 27, 2007 had even given its nod to prosecute Ram Rahim.

Ram Rahim had courted a similar controversy on May 13, 2007 after his photograph, in which he was dressed like the Sikh Guru, had appeared in newspaper advertisements. The photograph had angered the Sikh community. A person was killed and over 50 were left injured in the violent Sikh-dera follower clashes that followed.

Jaspal and Hardeep also alleged that the case was hushed up for four years over caste politics. “When the state government found itself engulfed in the case, an affidavit was filed on behalf of the complainant Rajinder Singh Sidhu which said he was not present at the congregation and the complaint was filed based on media reports. The police had then filed a cancellation report on January 25, 2012. However the CJM had not accepted the report and had ordered a trial under Sections 295A, 298 and 153A.”

The duo also said that the complainant Rajinder had later told the court that he had not signed any affidavit. The then district and sessions judge Tejinder Singh had accepted the report submitted by the state, which sought the dismissal of the case.

The petition came up for hearing on Tuesday in the court of Justice Ritu Bahri, who referred it to another bench.

Meanwhile, as the CBI is tightening the noose around the neck of people involved in the alleged castration of 400 innocent followers, one of the accused doctors Mahender Singh on Tuesday moved the high court and asked the CBI to probe the case under its guidance.

The doctor, who was working with dera’s Shah Satnam Ji Hospital, moved the appeal after the court rejected Ram Rahim’s plea to stay the CBI probe. Dr Singh has also requested the court to stay the CBI probe. The doctor, in his application, requested the court to give him an opportunity to make a statement has he was directly affected by the probe. However, his plea was rejected by the court.

When contacted, the petitioner in the castration case, Hans Raj Chauhan’s counsel Navkiran Singh confirmed that the castration victim accused two doctors – Dr Mahender Singh and Dr Pankaj Garg – of performing castration surgery.