Convicted Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has challenged the order of the special CBI court in the Punjab and Haryana High Court while also expressing inability to pay the fine of Rs 30 lakh imposed by the former in the rape case of his followers.
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has filed an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against his conviction in the rape case. According to DNA, the self-styled godman has challenged the ruling of the special CBI court by filing an appeal in the High Court. His lawyer SK Garg Narwana told the media that the High Court has admitted their appeal and asked them to deposit a fine which shall be refunded with interest in the face of the appeal being accepted.
Notably, the special CBI court had found Ram Rahim guilty in the rape case of his two female followers and convicted him to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the cases, totalling 20 years. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Ram Rahim and asked him to pay it to the rape survivors. However, the Dear chief has expressed his inability to pay the fine.
According to The Indian Express, his lawyer, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has said that he has renounced the world and that he cannot pay the fine. His lawyer informed the High Court bench that all the properties of the Dera have been seized and thus, he is not in a position to pay the fine.
On the other hand, the rape survivors have also filed an appeal in the High Court requesting life sentence for Ram Rahim. Their lawyer has asked for the revision of the godman’s sentence saying that he has committed a serious breach of trust as he misused his position to take advantage of his followers who trusted him blindly.
It is worth mentioning here that the CBI had registered a rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Dec 2002 following the emergence of an unidentified letter that complained about the godman raping two of his disciples.