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Timeline of cases against Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

The following in the timeline of the cases of murder, rape and sexual exploitation against Gurmeet Singh:

2002: Anonymous letters written to then and of and by two female disciples (Sadhvis) alleging that they were raped and sexually exploited by Singh.

July 2002: Former sect murdered in July 2002. Singh was murdered by sect activists, allegedly at the behest of its chief "as he knew too much" about activities inside the sect headquarters. Case is under trial with the

October 2002: Sirsa-based shot dead, allegedly by sect supporters, after he wrote about shady activities inside the sect headquarters near in his newspaper 'Poora Sach'. told his aides that Chhatrapati be silenced.

November 2003: The and orders a CBI probe into the rape and sexual exploitation of the Sadhvis by the

December 2003: CBI begins investigation into the rape case against the

July 2007: CBI files charge-sheet against the sect chief in rape case.

2007-17: Nearly 200 hearings of the rape case held over 10 years. The sect chief continued to be on bail granted to him by the (earlier located in Ambala in Haryana).

Petitions filed by the sect chief, through his counsels, in and over this period. Leads to delay in case being heard by trial (CBI special court) court.

August 2017: concludes hearing. convicted by special in Panchkula on August 25. Sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment on two counts of rape.

January 2019: Special convicts in the murder of Sirsa-based Three aides of the sect chief also convicted.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 16:08 IST