Besides getting convicted for rape on Friday, Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is facing further serious charges for murder, castration of his followers and other controversies, which have put him in the cross hairs of judiciary and various socio-religious outfits.
Controversies related to Dera head: Ranjit Singh murder case: Gurmeet Ram Rahim is facing charges for his alleged involvement in the July 2002 murder conspiracy of dera manager Ranjit Singh. Ranjit was allegedly murdered by dera head’s associates at his village in Kurukshetra district after he had distanced himself from the sect. He was suspected to have circulated the anonymous letters alleging sexual harassment of sadhvis (women disciples) inside the dera headquarters in Sirsa. The CBI is probing the case, which is pending before the special CBI court in Panchkula. Trial in the case is at its final stage.
Ram Chander Chatterpati murder case: The Sirsa-based journalist of a local newspaper was shot at on October 23, 2002. According to the CBI, he was murdered for publishing news about the illegal activities inside the dera headquarters in Sirsa. Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim was booked, along with three others, for his alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy. The case is also being probed by the CBI and is pending before the special CBI court in Panchkula. Trial in the case is also at its final stage.
Dress row: Gurmeet Ram Rahim also landed in a controversy in 2007 for wearing a dress similar to the one donned by the 10th Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh for which a case was also registered against him by the Bathinda police. Massive violence erupted thereafter in both Punjab and Haryana for several days. The Punjab government later withdrew the case in 2014.