New Delhi: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s counsel had given many contentions before the court for proving his innocence. One of the pleas claimed Dera Chief as ‘impotent’ and ‘not medically fit to have sex with anyone’.
The CBI investigation, however, revealed that a number of other sadhvis were subjected to similar sexual assault at the Dera. Most of these victims left the Dera without any word.
According to the judgment of investigation, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, has stated that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sexually exploited these women at his ‘gufa‘ or cave in the Dera where they were put on sentry duty.
The rape was termed “maafi” (forgiveness) at the Dera, the two sadhvis who filed the rape cases against the Dera chief, told the CBI.
The CBI court rejected all these contentions of Dera Chief being impotent. Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh, in the conviction order, said: “Any statement of rape is an extremely humiliating experience for a woman and until she is a victim of sex crime she would not blame anyone but the real culprit.”
“Any follower, much less the sadhvis, who had been christened by the accused himself, would be the last person in the world to level false allegations against such a person,” the conviction order reads further.
The investigation has also made other shocking revelations after one of the two rape victims told the Dera chief that she would unveil his wrongdoings to her brother, she was told: “he (Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh) will get him (the brother) shot and buried”. It was also revealed, during the investigation, that after the rape victim got married in 2001, her brother came to her on July 1, 2002, and told her that people from the Dera were threatening to eliminate his children and parents. The brother was killed on July 10 allegedly by Dera men.
The CBI judge, in the judgment, has said the murder is a matter of separate trial and no comment is desirable at this stage. “There is no evidence worth credence on record to the effect that investigating agency/CBI had any motive to falsely implicate the accused by conniving with some ordinary people. Even otherwise, it is next to impossible that members of her family, being staunch followers of the Dera, would ever connive with premier investigating agency in falsely implicating an innocent person,” the CBI judge said in the judgment.