The whole episode began after an anonymous letter was sent to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee alleging sexual assaults by the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.
The CBI court’s verdict on the rape case against Dera Sach Sauda leader, Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is expected to come out on Friday. Thousands of sect followers have converged to Panchkula, Haryana where the verdict will be announced.
Similar gatherings have been reported in several parts of the country especially Sirsa, the headquarters of the sect. The upcoming verdict will be the conclusion for the long running rape case that dates back to 2002.
The whole episode began after an anonymous letter was sent to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee alleging sexual assaults by the Dera chief. In the letter a Sadhvi claimed that she was raped by the Dera chief and 35-40 others for over three years at the sect’s headquarters.
The issue deepened after a man was shot dead by Dera followers. It was alleged that the man was behind the anonymous letter sent to the PMO.
Two women, who were former members of the sect came out accusing the sect leader of rape. They accused that they were sexually exploited at the sect’s headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana.
The case which was registered in 2002 was first taken by the Punjab and Haryana high court. Later the case was shifted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The officials of the investigating agency a Hindustan Times report stated that they have concrete evidence against the cult leader Ram Rahim Singh. The two victims have recorded their statements in front of a magistrate under section 164 CrPc. Khatta Singh, a former close associate of Dera chief is also speculated to be a chief witness in the case.