16 Sep 2017
Ram Rahim on trial again: Hearing in 2 murder-cases begins
The 'godman' who's in a Rohtak jail will appear in court via video-conferencing.
The murder of a journalist who followed the rape allegations
Ram Rahim is accused of the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chattrapati, the editor of a daily called 'Poora Sach' which extensively followed the rape case. He was shot in October'02.
Ram Rahim's manager Krishan Lal and two shooters - Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh - are the main accused.
Lal allegedly gave his revolver to the two shooters in the presence of Ram Rahim.
The killing of a Dera manager, a whistleblower
The other murder case is of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh. Five Dera members- Avtar, Inder Sain, Jasbir Singh, Krishan Lal (the aforementioned) and Sabdil Singh- allegedly had Ranjit killed.
It was Ram Rahim who had allegedly ordered his murder.
He was shot dead in July'02.
Despite heavy security, the rape hearing was a tragedy
The hearing on Ram Rahim's rape cases took an unexpected turn as lakhs of followers went on a rampage after his conviction.
Shocking details emerged later: the influential 'godman' had a fool-proof escape plan in place. Even police were involved.
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There's another closed murder case against Ram Rahim
In yet another case, Rahim Singh and three other Dera members were charged with the disappearance and murder of his driver Faqir Chand. However, it was closed in 2010 due to "poor investigation" by CBI. The accused were exonerated.