A special CBI court at Panchkula in India's Haryana on Friday convicted the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, in the case of killing of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati. The quantum of sentence will be announced on January 17. The court also convicted three others, including Nirmal Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Krishan Lal.
Chhatrapati was shot five times outside his house in 2002 after he published in his evening newspaper, Poora Sach, an anonymous letter written by a female Dera follower, accusing Gurmeet of rape. He died of his injuries a few days later.
Gurmeet, who is serving 20-year imprisonment for two counts of rape of his followers, appeared before the court through video-conferencing. He is currently serving a 20-year prison term for raping two of his followers. His conviction in August 2017 had triggered riots in Panchkula, as his followers went berserk, that left 30 dead and property worth crores vandalized.
The case was registered in 2003 and handed over to the CBI in 2006. Ram Rahim was named the main conspirator in the case.The three others convicted are Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal, all close aides of Ram Rahim.
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