North India Kaleidoscope Bureau
Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others were awarded life imprisonment by the CBI Special Court here in the Ram Chander Chhatrapati murder case.
Chattrapati was a Sirsa-based journalist who had published a news item in his newspaper about the alleged sexual exploitation of Sadhvis in Dera Sacha Sauda. He was shot outside his home in Sirsa on October 24, 2002, by Kuldeep Singh and he died on November 21, 2002, at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi.
Special Judge Jagdeep Singh also awarded life imprisonment to Dera staff Krishan Lal, Nirmal Singh and Kuldeep Singh. He also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each on the accused.
Ram Rahim, who is already undergoing 20-year rigorous imprisonment in a case of rape of two women adherents, is lodged in Rohtak jail while Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal are lodged in Ambala jail. The four accused were sentenced through video conferencing.