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CBI court sentences Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to life imprisonment for journalist’s murder

The CBI special court sentenced the Dera Sacha Sauda chief along with three others for the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati in 2002. Panchkula (Haryana): A special CBI court in Panchkula Thursday sentenced self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago. The Dera Sacha Sauda chief and the three others convicted last Friday in the case appeared before the court through video conferencing. "All four have been sentenced to life imprisonment," CBI counsel H P S Verma said. On January 11, special CBI Court judge Jagdeep Singh had convicted the four men for the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati in 2002. All the four were convicted under section 302 (murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. Ram Rahim appeared through video conferencing from Sunaria jail in Rohtak, where he is already serving a 20-year-sentence in a...
Anshul Chhatrapati

Murdered journalist’s son wants Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim to hang

Anshul Chhatrapati, who fought the might of the Dera chief for nearly 17 years, says men like Gurmeet Ram Rahim have ‘no right to live in a civilised society’.
Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh convicted for 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and three others were convicted for the murder of Chhatrapati.
A file photo of Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar appears before Punjab police SIT in Guru Granth Sahib desecration case

His name came up in a report for organising a meeting between Sukhbir Badal and Dera chief Ram Rahim.
File photo of Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal | @officeofssbadal/Twitter

Sukhbir Badal’s offer to resign does nothing to heal the rift in Shiromani Akali Dal

Akali Dal veterans leading revolt against Sukhbir Badal are unconvinced by his offer. They say his decisions have led to party losing its core Sikh vote bank.
A welcome sign of the 'Dera Sacha Sauda' ashram of Ram Rahim in Sirsa

Haryana govt withdraws orders that regularised 11 Dera Sacha Sauda properties

Punjab and Haryana HC had taken note of ThePrint’s report about how state govt had created a new revenue estate leading to regularisation of illegal dera properties.
Ram Rahim with M.L. Khattar at an event

Haryana govt’s gift to Ram Rahim’s dera: Free regularisation of unauthorised properties

Haryana government carved out a new revenue estate and exempted 11 Dera Sacha Sauda properties of godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim from ‘change of land use’ approvals.

Once apolitical, Ram Rahim made himself indispensable to political parties

Once apolitical, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh became a political force as he began influencing elections to escape criminal cases.

Hours before Ram Rahim’s sentencing, dera stays tense but calm

Unfazed by curfew in Sirsa, a team from ThePrint found the godman’s followers carrying on with their daily routines.

In Photos: Inside the secretive Dera Sacha Sauda complex in Sirsa

Here are some photos from inside the Dera Sacha Sauda complex in Sirsa.

On Camera

‘A rich Muslim’s expense on Umrah marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

Muslim scholars say 84% of Indian Muslims earn less than Rs 50 a day, and want the community to cut spending on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.
t-series

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting to attain the number one spot in terms of subscribers on YouTube.

Defence

Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.