Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, Convicted For Rape, Gets Parole For A Month

The sect chief was lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail.

Chandigarh: Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been granted one-month parole by the BJP-ruled government in Haryana. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is currently serving a life term in jail in Haryana’s Rohtak after his 2017 conviction in rape cases. He has also been convicted for the murder of his manager in 2002.

Though Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was granted parole for the first time since his conviction, the Dera chief has come out of jail four times on furlough so far – the recent being in February, when he was granted three week’s furlough.

The sect chief is serving a 20-year jail term for raping two women disciples at his ashram in Sirsa, where the Dera headquarters is located. He was convicted by a special CBI court in Panchkula in August 2017.

The sect chief was lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail.

According to sources, The Dera chief will likely go to Dera Sacha Sauda Ashram, Barnawa in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhagpat.

According to an official, the Dera chief was provided Z-plus security cover during his parole owing to the “high threat perception” to his life from “pro-Khalistan” groups.

In June 2019, Ram Rahim Singh had withdrawn his parole plea after the state BJP government was cornered by opposition parties for favoring the MSG actor who sought parole for 42 days to tend to his agricultural fields at his sect’s headquarters in Sirsa town.

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