Chandigarh: 

Safety has been bolstered in Haryana forward of the pronouncement of quantum of sentence for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others convicted within the homicide of journalist Ramchander Chhatrapati.

A particular court docket in Panchkula will pronounce the quantum of sentence by way of video convention on Thursday.

Elaborate safety preparations have been made in Panchkula and Sirsa — headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect headed by self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh — and different elements of Haryana to keep up legislation and order state of affairs, officers stated.  
                   
Safety has additionally been stepped up outdoors the Panchkula court docket complicated with Haryana police placing up barricades on roads resulting in the court docket.

The convicts — Ram Rahim and three others — will seem by way of video convention when the quantum of punishment might be pronounced.         
    
The court docket had Wednesday accepted the Haryana authorities’s plea in search of look of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect head by way of video convention in the course of the pronouncement of quantum of sentence within the journalist homicide case. 

The state authorities had stated the motion of the Dera chief may result in a legislation and order state of affairs. The 51-year-old Sirsa-based sect head is at the moment serving a 20-year-prison time period in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail for raping two of his ladies followers. 

The three different convicts —  Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal — are lodged in Ambala jail. 

On January 11, Particular CBI Court docket choose Jagdeep Singh had convicted Ram Rahim and three others within the 2002 journalist homicide case. They had appeared by way of video convention when the court docket convicted them. 

All of the 4 had been convicted beneath part 302 (homicide) and 120 B (prison conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal had been additionally convicted beneath the Arms Act. 

The minimal punishment beneath part 302 is life imprisonment and the utmost is dying sentence. 

The household of the slain journalist had demanded capital punishment for the responsible. 

The journalist was shot useless outdoors his home in October 2002 in Haryana’s Sirsa after his newspaper printed a letter alleging sexual exploitation of girls by Ram Rahim. 

Ram Rahim was named as the primary conspirator within the case. Chhatrapati’s household had approached the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket in 2003, in search of switch of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was later handed over to the CBI which filed the cost sheet in July 2007. 

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