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Dera chief moves Punjab and Haryana HC challenging conviction in rape case

His conviction led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 38 people dead and 264 injured

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Gurmeet Ram Rahim
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a helicopter in which he was flown from to Rohtak to be lodged in the district jail on Friday Photo: PTI

Jailed sect chief Singh on Monday moved the and High Court challenging his rape conviction by the special court.

The petition was filed by counsel of the disgraced self-styled godman here.

The matter is not yet listed by the court for the hearing.

In a separate development, the court in on Monday rejected a plea by Khatta Singh, a former driver of the sect chief, who wanted to record a fresh statement in the murder cases against the sect chief.

Ram Rahim, who is currently lodged in the District Jail at Sunaria near Rohtak, was convicted by the court in on August 25 on two counts of rape of female disciples in 1999.

He was later awarded 20 years of rigorous imprisonment (10 years in each rape case) by the court, and a fine of over Rs 30 lakh.

His conviction led to violence in and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 38 people dead and 264 injured. Isolated incidents of violence were also reported from Delhi and several other places in

The court in is hearing two more cases against the sect chief.

These pertain to the murder of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh in July 2003 and murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati in October 2002.

First Published: Mon, September 25 2017. 18:17 IST