Gurmeet Ram Rahim appears before CBI Court in murder cases
Panchkula : Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim on Saturday appeared before CBI Court in two separate murder cases amid tight security.
While seven accused in the murder cases were present in the court in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, the jailed sect cheif took part in the hearing through video conferencing from the District Jail in Sunaria near Rohtak.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been lodged in the Central Jail post his conviction in August in two rape cases.
Tight security arrangements, including para-military forces and Haryana Police personnel, were seen in Panchkula town, especially around the court complex in Sector 1.
Security arrangements were tightened around the prison complex near Rohtak and in Sirsa district, where the headquarters of the sect are located.
The cases, related to the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh, allegedly by functionaries and followers of the sect were listed for final arguments on Saturday in the court of special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh.
Final arguments in the murder case of journalist Chhatrapati are being held on Saturday.