Dera Sacha Sauda main Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and 4 others were sentenced to beingness imprisonment by a peculiar CBI tribunal connected Monday for the execution of sect manager Ranjit Singh successful 2002.
Ram Rahim Singh, who was successful 2017 sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for raping 2 disciples, is presently lodged successful Rohtak's Sunaria jail.
The Special Court successful Haryana's Panchkula had convicted him and 4 others - Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, Avtar Singh and Sabdil - successful the execution lawsuit connected October 8. The tribunal has fixed the beingness condemnation to five, CBI peculiar authoritative H P S Verma said aft the proceeding was held amid choky security.
The CBI had sought superior punishment for them.
Verma said the Dera main was besides fined Rs 31 lakh and fractional of the magnitude volition spell to the victim's household arsenic compensation.
Reacting to the verdict, Jagseer Singh, lad of Ranjit Singh, said it was a large time for the household arsenic they got justness aft a agelong wait.
Jagseer, who was 8 years aged erstwhile his begetter was murdered, said helium was satisfied with the verdict, though his household was seeking decease condemnation for Ram Rahim Singh.
The Dera chief, who enjoyed a ample following, had often courted controversies and aft his condemnation successful the rape lawsuit successful 2017, unit had breached retired successful Panchkula and Sirsa leaving implicit 40 dead.
Police had tightened information successful Panchkula and Sirsa, wherever the sect is headquartered, up of the hearing.
In Panchkula, prohibitory orders nether Section 144 were clamped.
Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh, who was besides a follower of the sect, was changeable dormant connected July 10, 2002 astatine Khanpur Kolian colony successful Haryana's Kurukshetra.
According to the CBI complaint sheet, the Dera main believed that Ranjit Singh was down the circulation of an anonymous missive and hatched a conspiracy to termination him.
The missive narrated however women were allegedly being sexually exploited by the sect caput astatine the Dera headquarters.
The 5 were convicted nether applicable sections, including 302 (murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
Over 2 years back, the sect caput was besides awarded beingness imprisonment for the execution of writer Ram Chander Chhatrapati.