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Gurmeet Ram Rahim convicted in journalist's murder (Third Lead)

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

A special CBI court in Haryana's Panchkula town on Friday convicted Sacha Sauda Singh for the murder of Sirsa-based

Three others, who were close aides of the sect chief, were also convicted by the court.

Krishan Lal, Kuldeep and Nirmal, who were present in the court, were immediately taken into custody by the police and shifted to the

The judgment was pronounced by the (CBI) in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh.

Chhatrapati, who edited a newspaper in Sirsa, was shot at five times in October 2002 in town in He died in November, after battling for life in a hospital for a few days.

appeared before the court through from the near Rohtak in view of security concerns raised by the Police and the government.

The judgment was pronounced by the CBI The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on January 17.

The had convicted the on two counts of rape on August 25, 2017 and sentenced him to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment.

Tight security arrangements were made in and around the court complex in Panchkula in view of the court hearing.

Security was beefed up in Rohtak and towns in and some parts of ahead of the judgment.

Police were present near 'Naam Charcha ghars' (prayer complexes) of the sect in Haryana and to prevent any law and order situation from getting out of hand.

Security was increased around the sect's headquarters campus on the outskirts of town, around 260 km from here.

Sect followers were not allowed to gather in big numbers.

Khatta Singh, a former of the controversial sect chief, had earlier told the court that had ordered the killing of the

Ram Rahim, who was feted by political leaders and parties of and Haryana for nearly two decades due to his ability to shift votes of his followers, is lodged in jail following his conviction on two counts of rape of his female disciples.

Ram Rahim's conviction had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.

Besides the Chhtarapati murder case, the is facing another murder case of former The matter is being heard by the CBI court.

Ranjit Singh, who was believed to be privy to wrongdoing in the sect headquarters, was shot dead in July 2003.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 16:24 IST