Chandigarh, Jan 17: The Special Court of CBI in Panchkula on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim and three others in journalist Ram Chander Chhatarpati murder case.
The Court has also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 each.
On January 11, the court had convicted the self-styled godman and three others – Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal – in the murder case.
Ram Rahim will be produced in the court through video conference from Sunaria jail in Rohtak, where he is currently serving 20-year prison term since 2017 for raping two of his women followers.
The sentencing will be announced by Judge Jagdeep Singh.
Ahead of the sentencing of convicted Sacha Sauda sect chief, security was heightened in parts of Haryana and Punjab.
Strict vigil is being kept near the court complex in Sector 1 of Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh.
Security has also been tightened in Haryana’s Sirsa town, around 260 km from here, where the sect’s headquarteris located.
The Punjab Police has also taken preventive security measures in the neighbouring state as the sect has lakhs of followers in Bathinda, Mansa and Sangrur.
Ram Rahim’s conviction on August 25, 2017, had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.
The court on Wednesday allowed authorities in Haryana to produce the disgraced sect chief and three others before it through video-conferencing for their sentencing.
Chhatrapati, who edited a newspaper in Sirsa, was shot five times on October 24, 2002. He died later that year on November 21 in a hospital in New Delhi.
Chhatrapati’s son Anshul has demanded capital punishment for the disgraced self-styled godman.