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Gurmeet Ram Rahim verdict LIVE: Dera chief sentenced to 20 years in jail for rape

Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a rape case. Catch live updates.

  • Aug 28, 08:56 PM (IST)

    Former CBI officer was quoted as telling Times Now that around 30-40 victims of Gurmeet Ram Rahim's sexual exploits could be located.

  • Aug 28, 08:20 PM (IST)

    In an interaction with news channel Times Now, a man named Beant Singh, who claimed to be a former aide of Gurmeet Ram Rahim for over 15 years, said that the rape convict has actually murdered scores of people and disposed off their bodies in a near-by lake. He said that some corpses were buried in the Dera headquarters premises and added that over 90 percent of the 300 sadhvis serving there had been raped over the years.

  • Aug 28, 07:45 PM (IST)

    Now that Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been sentenced, the big question on everyone's minds is about who will succeed him at the head of Dera Sacha Sauda. After all, the organisation claims to have over 60 million followers globally and that kind of following would require able leadership. The front-runners are Dera management chairperson Vipassana Insan, his 'adopted daughter' Honeypreet Insan, daughters Amarpreet Insan and Charanpreet Insan and son Jasmeet Singh Insan.

  • Aug 28, 07:32 PM (IST)

    The Dera Sacha Sauda chief will be spending the next 20 years of his life in cell number 1997 of Rohtak Jail.

  • Aug 28, 07:26 PM (IST)

    CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal has confirmed that Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim will be serving 20 years in prison. The sentences will run consecutively, he said.

  • Aug 28, 07:02 PM (IST)
  • Aug 28, 06:58 PM (IST)

    It has come to light that rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment, since the judge announced 10 years' imprisonment and Rs 15 lakh fine each in 2 different cases.

  • Aug 28, 06:40 PM (IST)
  • Aug 28, 06:38 PM (IST)

    SSB DIG Sharma has said that safe passage has been given to people inside the Dera headquarters to leave peacefully. He added that if court orders sealing of the complex, then it will be done.

  • Aug 28, 06:01 PM (IST)
  • Aug 28, 05:05 PM (IST)

    The Army is currently doing a flag march in Panchkula, according to ANI.

  • Aug 28, 04:58 PM (IST)
  • Aug 28, 04:55 PM (IST)

    Internet services have resumed in Chandigarh. They had been suspended prior to the verdict to help prevent organised violence.

  • Aug 28, 04:51 PM (IST)

    Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced to a 10-year jail term. Read the full story here.

  • Aug 28, 04:40 PM (IST)

    Anshul Chhatrapati, son of the whistleblower journalist who was murdered in 2002 has said, "This is just the beginning. Should have got life imprisonment."

  • Aug 28, 04:34 PM (IST)

    NDTV is reporting that Gurmeet Ram Rahim pleaded, "Mujhe Maaf Kardo... (please forgive me)".

  • Aug 28, 04:30 PM (IST)
  • Aug 28, 04:28 PM (IST)

    All phone lines at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana have been cut and that the Dera supporters are being ferried out of the premises, CNN News18 is reporting.

  • Aug 28, 04:26 PM (IST)
  • Aug 28, 04:20 PM (IST)

    In 2002, a case of sexual exploitation case was registered against him. This followed anonymous letters alleging that the sect head had sexually exploited two 'sadhvis'.

    Farm, Dera and now prison: 'Baba of bling' convicted of rape. Here's the full story.

  • Aug 28, 04:18 PM (IST)

    So far, the situation seems to be under control in both Haryana and Punjab.

  • Aug 28, 04:16 PM (IST)

    Authorities in Punjab and Haryana have started identifying movable and immovable assets of the Sirsa-headquartered Dera Sacha Sauda on the directions of the high court. Read more here.

  • Aug 28, 04:09 PM (IST)
  • Aug 28, 04:06 PM (IST)

    CBI Court has said that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will be treated as any other 'ordinary' convict and will not be provided special amenities or an attendant, CNN News18 is reporting.

  • Aug 28, 04:03 PM (IST)

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has called an emergency meeting of senior state officials, party leaders and ministers at his residence in Chandigarh.

  • Aug 28, 04:01 PM (IST)

    Just before the sentence was announced, two cars were torched by the Dera Sacha Sauda supporters in Phoolka area of Sirsa, Haryana. 

  • Aug 28, 03:58 PM (IST)

    On Friday, Dera Sacha Sauda described the special CBI court's verdict against its guru, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, as "unjust" and said that it would appeal against it.

  • Aug 28, 03:53 PM (IST)

    Here's everything you need to know about the rape case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, for which he has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

  • Aug 28, 03:51 PM (IST)

    The Dera chief had to be forcefully evicted from the courtroom after he refused to accompany the police escorting him for medical checkups and further formalities.

    Earlier, he broke down after hearing the verdict. He dropped down on the floor and wept, according to media reports.

  • Aug 28, 03:45 PM (IST)
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