Chandigarh, Oct 8 (ILNS) A Special CBI Court in Haryana’s Panchkula today convicted five people, including Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in a Ranjit Singh murder case.
Ram Rahim, including five other co-accused, has been convicted by a special CBI court judge Sushil Garg, under sections 302(murder) and 120B(criminal conspiracy)IPC.
The quantum of punishment in the matter will be pronounced on October 12, 2021.
The Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was sentenced in August 2017 to 20 years of imprisonment in connection with raping two of his women followers and the murder of a journalist.
Ranjit was murdered on July 2, 2002, in the Kurukshetra district of Haryana. An FIR was filed under charges of murder and criminal conspiracy at the Thanesar police station. The High Court ordered a CBI inquiry in 2003. CBI filed its charge sheet against the Dera chief and others in 2007.
On October 05, the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed a plea filed by the son of Ranjit Singh seeking transfer of the murder trial against Ram Rahim Singh pending before the special CBI judge, Panchkula.
However, dismissing his plea, the Bench of Justice Avneesh Jhingan had opined that the apprehensions of the petitioner weren’t reasonable, but were based upon surmises and conjectures.
The dismissal of the plea had paved the way for the CBI court to pronounce the verdict which was earlier stayed by the High Court as it had restrained the special CBI judge, Panchkula from pronouncing the verdict on August 26.
The petition before the Court Jagseer Singh, the son of late Ranjeet Singh had alleged in his plea that the presiding judge conducting the trial was unduly influenced by the accused through respondent No. 2 (public prosecutor of CBI).
He also alleged that though the prosecutor was not directly linked to the case, however, he was found to be interfering with the trial and was taking undue interest and wields undue influence on the presiding officer.
The Court observed that the High Court’s power under Section 407(1) Cr.P.C. to transfer the trial from the subordinate criminal court can be exercised if the fair or impartial trial is not possible, however, the Court added, it is clear that on mere apprehension trial cannot be transferred./ILNS/AP/SNG/