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Journalist murder case: Gurmeet Ram Rahim to appear in court via video conferencing on Friday

Press Trust of India  |  Panchkula (Har) 

The special here on Tuesday accepted the state's plea and allowed presence of jailed Sacha Sauda chief Singh through for a January 11 hearing in the murder case of a

The 51-year-old is currently serving a 20-year prison term in for raping two of his women followers.

Gurmeet will now appear through for the hearing in Ramchandra Chhatrapati's murder case on Friday, when the court is likely to pronounce its verdict.

He has been named as the main conspirator in the case which dates back to 2002.

"Keeping in view the law and order situation that may emerge, government had filed an application before the court that Gurmeet not be asked to remain present personally on January 11 and instead be allowed to appear through video conferencing," a senior representing the state told reporters here.

The police had submitted that over 40 persons were killed and scores were injured in the violence that followed the sect head's conviction in the rape case in August 2017.

The state's plea followed the special CBI court's recent direction to to ensure Gurmeet Ram Rahim's presence on Friday.

After arguments on the application, the court granted the request, the state said.

CBI H P S Verma said the investigating agency did not oppose the state's plea.

Chhatrapati was shot at in October 2002 after his newspaper, 'Poora Sach', published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim at the headquarters in Sirsa.

The later succumbed to injuries and a case was registered in 2003. The case was handed over to the CBI in 2006.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 20:45 IST