Dera chief Ram Rahim to walk free?
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh parole: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the parole decision rested with the divisional commissioner
Under the law, Haryana may release Ram Rahim on parole for farming. He is lodged in a Rohtak jail serving life sentence in cases of rape of devotees and murder of a journalist.
- Ram Rahim was convicted of rape in 2017 and awarded life sentence
- Lodged in a jail in Rohtak, Ram Rahim has sought parole for farming
- Laws in Haryana allow state government to grant parole to prisoner for agricultural activities
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is in jail, can come out of jail for a few days. In fact, after the submission of a parole application for 42 days from Gurmeet, the jail superintendent wrote the letter to the Sirsa district administration. The jail superintender has also reported in favor of Gurmeetaram Rahim. Now the Minister of Haryana K. L. Panwar has said that all the culprits are considered to be entitled to parole after two years. If a culprit has good conduct in jail, the commissioner makes final decisions on the basis of the report of the jail administration.
- Ram Rahim, locked in Sunaria jail, sought parole from the jail administration for agriculture
- Khattar said – If there is a decision by the government to decide, the state will take a decision by looking at the interest
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Ram Rahim’s name is not farm
On the other hand, Tehsildar of Sirsa has reported in the report that the Dera has 250 acres of land in total. There is no Ram Rahim owner or tenant anywhere in this. The whole land is the name of the Dera Sacha Sauda Trust. For this reason, the basis of parole is not happening in the eyes of the administration.
In the case DC Ashok Kumar Garg says that the report is being prepared. Will soon be sent to the jail administration. SSP Dr Arun Nehra told that they will decide on the basis of merit. Administrative sources told Bhaskar that when Ram Rahim came out, there could be difficulty in maintaining law and order in Sirsa. It will also be difficult to monitor 24 hours. Therefore, the recommendation of giving a parole is not equal.
“The decision rests with the Divisional Commissioner and the report is awaited. We won’t take any decision which will be against the interests of the state. Every inmate has a right to apply for parole and when and if the role of the government will be involved, we will see to it,” he said.
He added that the decision on parole rests with the divisional commissioner.
Haryana minister KL Panwar said Gurmeet Ram Rahim was entitled to make a parole request, as were all convicts who have served a year of their sentence. The minister also claimed there were no politics involved in the timing of the request, pointing out that the state could have released Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh before last month’s national election had it so chosen
Grounds of parole
Under the Haryana Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Act, 1988, the state government can release a prisoner on parole or furlough in certain cases –
- if a member of his family has died or is seriously ill
- for marriage in immediate family or of a close relative
- for construction of house
- for agricultural activity
- for any other sufficient cause if the state government is satisfied.
- While death, medical emergency and marriage are common grounds in almost all states, Haryana has special provision for granting parole to a convict or an undertrial in custody for agricultural activities. It is on this ground that Ram Rahim has sought parole – to look after his fields in Sirsa district.
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Ram Rahim is in jail for
Ram Rahim is lodged in Sunaria jail in Haryana’s Rohtak district following his conviction in two rape cases and a murder case of a journalist. The 51-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda chief is also facing trial in the murder case of a Dera follower, Ranjit Singh. He is also booked in a case involving castration of sect followers.
In August 2017, Ram Rahim was awarded life sentence of 20 years for raping two women, who were his devotees and stayed on his sect’s campus. His supporters had resorted to violence in Panchkula and Sira following his conviction two years ago. More than 40 people had died in the two districts and many others were injured.
In January this year, Ram Rahim was found guilty in a case of murder of a journalist, who was killed 16 years ago. A special CBI court in Panchkula sentenced Ram Rahim and three others to life imprisonment for the murder.
Ram Rahim is serving the sentence of life imprisonment
In January, a special CBI court convicted four people, including Gurmeet Ram Rahim, in the Ramchandra Chattrapati massacre, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
The court of Judge Jagdeep Singh had ruled that Ram Rahim’s sentence will begin after the completion of the 20-year sentence of Sadhvi sexual abuse case. 50 thousand fines were also imposed on all the culprits.