Defense concludes argument against Dera Chief Ram Rahim.

On  Thursday the defense counsel concluded their final arguments in the Ranjit Singh murder case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and other accused before Panchkula Court.

The trial is now at a progressive stage. While the prosecution arguments had been already concluded in the case, only the rebuttal arguments of CBI counsel are set to begin in the next hearing which is on August 18. The court has directed superintendents of Rohtak and central Ambala jail to assure the presence of Ram Rahim and Krishan Lal through video conferencing during the next hearing.

Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh was murdered in 2002. Along with Ram Rahim, the accused include Avtar Singh, Inder Sain, Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, and Sabdil Singh. According to the CBI charge sheet, Ram Rahim had thought that Ranjit Singh, who is a resident of Kurukshetra, was behind the circulation of an unidentified letter alleging sexual exploitation of female followers in Dera and planned conspiracy to kill him.

The murder took place on July 10, 2002, when Ranjit was shot by four gunmen. Ram Rahim is serving a 20-year jail term for raping two of his women’s disciples. He was also awarded life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati. At present, he is facing trial in the Ranjit Singh murder case and another case about the alleged castration of several Dera followers.

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