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According to reports, Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been granted bail by a CBI court in Panchkula in a castration case. However, he will remain in jail on account of his convictions in two rape cases. He was earlier denied bail by a CBI special judicial magistrate on 23 August. He then moved an application challenging the order to special CBI Judge, Jagdeep Singh, who accepted his bail plea on Friday.
In February 2017, the CBI had filed a chargesheet against the controversial sect chief and his two doctors in the castration case in the CBI court in Panchkula.
On 3 August, a local court in Haryana’s Panchkula town framed charges against Ram Rahim and two of his doctor disciples in a case of castration of sect followers inside the dera
premises, for cheating and voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
The two doctors, who were allegedly involved in the castration process, were charged with criminal conspiracy and causing grievous hurt. The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in December 2014, had asked the CBI to probe allegations of forced castration by the sect doctors, at the behest of the sect chief.
Former sect follower, Hansraj Chauhan, who was one of the victims of castration, had moved the court against the sect chief. Chauhan had claimed that he along with 400 followers were allegedly castrated inside the dera
premises after being told that this will take them closer to God.
On 21 August, a special CBI court sentenced Ram Rahim to 20 years in prison after his conviction in two rape cases. CBI judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced two sentences of 10 years rigorous imprisonment in each of the two cases that date back to 2002.]]>