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Govt withdraws Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's access to airport VIP lounges

A CBI court last week sentenced the self-styled godman to 20 years in prison

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

New Delhi: In this file picture Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh addresses a press conference in Dharamsala on Oct 17, 2016. A special CBI court on Monday sentenced Dera chief 20 years in prison in each of the two separate cases of
Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

The has ordered that rape convict be removed from the list of allowed access to the VIP lounge of airports.

A last week sentenced the self-styled godman and chief of sect to 20 years in prison -- 10 years each for two rape cases.


"It has now been decided to withdraw the permission for use of reserve lounge at airports granted to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, Sirsa, with immediate effect," says a letter dated September 1 from the Civil Aviation ministry to the chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Permission to access "reserve lounges" at airports comes under the purview of the the ministry. However, it could not be immediately ascertained when was given this perk.

A senior official of AAI said instructions have been passed on to regional executive directors as well as airport directors to comply with the order.

First Published: Sat, September 02 2017. 17:57 IST
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