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Dera to challenge Gurmeet Ram Rahim conviction in higher court

The judgment triggered widespread violence and arson by Ram Rahim's supporters

Press Trust of India  |  Sirsa 

Panchkula: Vehicles burn during arson following Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim's conviction in Panchkula on Friday. Photo: PTI
Panchkula: Vehicles burn during arson following Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction in Panchkula on Friday. Photo: PTI

The Sacha Sauda on Friday described as "unjust" a special court's verdict against its guru, Gurmeet Singh, convicted in a 2002 rape case, and said it would appeal against it

In a statement in Hindi, signed by spokesperson Dilawar Insaan, the also appealed for peace amid widespread violence that has already claimed 17 lives after the verdict was pronounced earlier today.


"This is unjust. We will appeal against the judgement," the statement said.

"What has happened with us is something that has happened to gurus through history. Sacha Sauda is dedicated to the betterment of humanity. We request all to maintain peace," the statement further read.

The judgment triggered widespread violence and arson by Ram Rahim's supporters in and The violence left a trail of destruction and vandalism and many injured, officials said.

judge Jagdeep Singh held the 50-year-old Sacha Sauda chief guilty of rape in a case that was registered on the basis of a 2002 anonymous written complaint which said he had sexually exploited two women followers.

On the basis of the report, a case was registered against him in December 2002 by the on the directions of the and High

The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on August 28, counsel HPS Verma told reporters outside the

The punishment can be a jail term of not less than seven years but may even extend to life imprisonment.

The Special framed charges against under Sections 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC in September 2008.

First Published: Fri, August 25 2017. 20:04 IST
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