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Meanwhile, the Dera chief's former driver Khatta Singh moved an application in the court seeking to record a fresh statement.
Khatta Singh's counsel Navkiran Singh claimed that his client had retracted in 2012 from a statement he had given in 2007 under pressure. The court will now hear Khatta Singh's application on September 22.
"The court will hear the final arguments in Dera manager Ranjit Singh's murder case on a day-to-day basis from September 18, while the Chhatrapati murder case will be taken up on September 22," Verma said.
Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002, a few days after a newspaper owned by him, 'Poora Sach', published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by the sect head at the Dera headquarters.
Ranjit was shot dead in July 2002. According to the prosecution, he was murdered for his suspected role in circulating an anonymous letter which made allegations of sexual exploitation against the Dera chief.
Defence counsel S K Garg Narwana told reporters outside the court that "Ram Rahim Singh appeared through video- conferencing from Sunaria jail."
The judge had granted permission for video-conferencing yesterday after Panchkula DCP Manbir Singh moved an application, contending that the police cannot bring the Dera chief in person in view of the possible law and order fallout.
Contingents of paramilitary and the Haryana Police were deployed in Panchkula as security arrangements were tightened ahead of the hearing.
Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison on August 28.
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