Rape charges against Dera Sacha Sauda Chief

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{image-ramrahim singh_26072008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Ambala, Jul 26: A special CBI court on Saturday, July 25 ordered rape charges to be filed against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
The Dera chief is accused of murder, rape and sexual exploitation of Dera 'Sadhvis' in three separate cases filed by the CBI in July 2007. The court will next hear the case on August 23 and has asked him to appear in person.

The Dera chief along with his followers Kishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, Avtar Singh, Inder Sain and Sabdil Singh were accused of murdering Ranjit Singh in 2002, after the latter was suspected to have leaked an anonymous letter written to the Prime Minister by a sadhvi, alleging rape by the sect head. Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chatterpatti was murdered as he had been reporting a series of stories on the misdoings at the Dera headquarters and had also published allegations of rape and sexual exploitation against the head. Apart from the Dera chief, three others, Kishan Lal, Kuldip Singh and Nirmal Singh were charged with conspiracy and murder of the scribe.

Rahim Singh became a subject of heated discussions, especially among Sikhs, after he reportedly wore the ensemble of Sikhs" Tenth Guru Gobind Singhji and also has a case registered against him for the same.

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