The hearing in former Dera Sacha Sauda manager Ranjit Singh’s murder case, which allegedly involved sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, continued today at a special CBI court here with the prosecution reading out the statements of its witnesses.
The special CBI court is hearing final arguments in the case on a day-to-day basis.
The prosecution completed the reading out of statements of all its 60 witnesses as the closing arguments in the case are in progress.
“The statement of witness Armandeep Singh who was an investigating officer in the murder case was read out today,” CBI counsel H P S Verma said.
Armandeep Singh, a Superintendent of Police with the CBI, was present in the court.
“From tomorrow, the defence counsel will put forward their arguments,” said Verma.
The self-styled godman, who is lodged in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail after having been convicted of rape, appeared via video- conferencing in the court of CBI judge Jagdeep Singh.
Ram Rahim Singh has been named as the main conspirator in the Ranjit Singh murder case.
Five other accused – Krishan Lal, Jasbir Singh, Sabdil Singh, Indersen and Avtar Singh – were present in the court.
Former Dera manager Ranjit Singh was shot dead in 2002.
He was murdered for his suspected role in the circulation of an anonymous letter which narrated how women were being sexually exploited by the sect head at the Dera headquarters.
Ram Rahim Singh has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two disciples.
On August 25, after the CBI court convicted Ram Rahim Singh, violence erupted in Panchkula and Sirsa in which 41 people died.
( Source – PTI )