Ram Rahim convicted in rape case, quantum of sentence to be announced on Monday
The Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim held guilty by the Special CBI Court of Panchkula.
Panchkula: The Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who was charged with the offence of rape of a female devotee in 1999, was on Friday held guilty by the Special CBI Court of Panchkula.
The quantum of sentence will, however, be announced on August 28.
The decision came as soon as the Special CBI Court began the hearing on the case on Friday.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Border Security Force (BSF) and the state police were present inside the premises of the court, when Justice Jagdeep Singh read out the verdict.
The case was registered by the CBI in 2002 against the self-styled godman after allegations of sexual exploitation of two women followers through anonymous letters.
On August 17, the Special CBI court concluded hearing in the case, but reserved pronouncing the verdict for today. For the hearing, Singh was recused from appearing in person at Panchkula by the court. The Dera chief had cited medical reasons for not attending court in person.
Meanwhile, ahead of today's judgement by the court, thousands of the Dera chief's followers had taken to the streets in a bid to demand to justice for their guru. (With ANI Inputs)