Dera chief sentenced to 20 years in jail: Laws under which Ram Rahim was found guilty

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 10 years in jail and a fine of Rs 65,000 for raping two women 15 years ago.

Updated: Aug 28, 2017 19:58:41

By HT Correspondent

Followers of the controversial ‘godman’ Ram Rahim Singh walk outside the Dera Sacha Sauda ashram in Sirsa. (AFP File Photo)

A CBI court sentenced on Monday self-styled leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in jail and fined him Rs 30 lakh for raping two women 15 years ago. The court’s decision came as it held the 50-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda chief guilty under three sections of the Indian penal code.

1) Section 376 (Rape): Whoever…commits rape, shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than seven years, but which may extend to imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.

2) Section 506 (Criminal Intimidation): Punishment for criminal intimidation.—Whoever commits, the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both

(An earlier version of this story said Ram Rahim had been fined Rs 65,000 and was updated after it was known that the fine is of Rs 30 lakh.)

First Published: Aug 28, 2017 16:35:11


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