Punjab

Sirsa Dera Self-styled god's appeal against his conviction, High Court issues notice to CBI

October 09, 2017 08:07 PM
Self-styled god Gurmeet Singh Sirsawale

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued notice to CBI on the appeal filed by the Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh,  against his conviction in rape cases.

In his appeal, the dera chief has mainly argued that trial court has misconstrued the evidence and has not appreciated and considered the evidence on record in the right perspective.

HC, however, has refused to accept dera chief's plea to stay on payment of Rs 30 lakh as fine. Court asked him to deposit the amount to the CBI court.

Division bench headed by Justice Surya kant has issued the notice after hearing the dera chief's plea for directions to set-aside the August 25 order through which he was convicted for raping two Sadvis (female disciples) inside dera and August 28 through which he was sentenced to 20-years imprisonment by the special CBI court Panchkula.

 In his appeal, the dera chief has mainly argued that trial court has misconstrued the evidence and has not appreciated and considered the evidence on record in the right perspective.

On August 28, special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh had awarded 20-years rigorous imprisonment to Deara Sacha Sauda (DSS) head for raping two Sadhvis (female disciples) inside the dera. The judge had also slapped a fine of Rs 30 lakh, out of which Rs 28 lakh was ordered to be paid to both the victims with equal share.

 

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