The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) panel on Thursday called on Haryana’s government to withdraw the parole of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
New Delhi ,UPDATED: 27 Oct 2022 08:51 IST
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was released on October 14 with a 40-day parole from Haryana Sunaria Prison.
By India Today Web Desk: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairman Swati Maliwal criticized the Haryana government for granting parole to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is serving a prison sentence after being convicted of rape and murder cases.
“Take back Ram Rahim’s parole…” said DCW chairman Swati Maliwal.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar responded to the parole granted to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
“I don’t want to say anything. I have no part in this. Courts announce jail time and a convict goes to jail. After that, the prison rules apply to all inmates,” said Haryana CM.
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was released on October 14 with a 40-day parole from Haryana Sunaria Prison. Ram Rahim is serving a 20-year sentence in connection with the rape of two of his female disciples at his ashram in Sirsa, where Dera is headquartered.
The self-proclaimed godman was convicted in Panchkula in August 2017 by a special CBI court. In 2021, Ram Rahim, along with four others, was also convicted of conspiracy to murder Ranjit Singh, a manager of Dera, in 2002. He was also convicted in 2019 for the murder of a journalist more than 16 years ago.
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While on parole, Ram Rahim released a music video titled ‘Sadi Nit Diwali’ on Diwali from his YouTube channel, Saint MSG.
The video was criticized by TMC leader Mahua Moitra, who called for a “codified parole law”.