New Delhi, Sep 4, 2017: Rubbishing all the rumours that it was looking for a leader after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for raping his two disciples, Dera in-charge Vipassana on Monday reiterated that Ram Rahim will continue to be its undisputed leader.
In an interview with India TV, Vipassana dismissed the reports of a change of guard in the Dera and appealed to its followers not to be misled by such reports. Previously, there were speculations that the Dera chief’s son Jasmeet was chosen as the successor of the cash-rich sect with its headquarters in Sirsa, Haryana.
“No successor… these are only rumours that his (Ram Rahim) son or daughter will be the new head. He will continue to head the Dera. No successor will be appointed,” Vipassana said.
Meanwhile, she also appealed to Honeypreet Insan, adopted daughter of rape convict Ram Rahim, to surrender before the police. “She (Honeypreet) has now no connection with the Dera… her association with the Dera ended on August 25. Appealing her to surrender before the police, listen to the orders of the honourable High Court, government.”
Days after Ram Rahim conviction, the Panchkula police issued a lookout notice against her after a case of sedition was registered against her.
Ram Rahim has been sent to 20 years in prison after he was convicted in two rape cases filed against him by two of his sadhvis. On the day of his conviction, Panchkula became a battleground with Dera followers running amok, burning vehicles and going on a rampage through the city. Over 30 people were reported to have dies in the violence.
Vipassana further requested the administration to visit Dera anytime and assured of full cooperating from the Dera management. “Told administration to visit Dera anytime and check… there are no talks on sealing (Dera). We are working on the directions of administration. So far no one (from the administration) has visited the sect.”
Vipassana also took the opportunity to reject reports that there was an escape plot in place for Ram Rahim on the verdict day.