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Verdict in Sant Rampal case today

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Hisar: The ruling in two cases against yet another godman, Sant Rampal, is going to be announced by a Hisar court today.

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Coming to this case, Rampal had been accused of conspiracy in an 11-year-old case after his followers had allegedly opened fire on villagers in Rohtak, killing one person.

If official sources are to be believed, two cases were registered against the self-styled godman Rampal, the head of Satlok Ashram in Barwala in Hisar, in November 2014.

First one was registered against him and some of his followers under IPC Sections 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of his public function), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 353 (Assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty).

On the other hand, the second case was registered against Rampal and his followers — Purshotam Dass, Raj Kumar, Mohinder Singh, Rajender Singh, Rahul and 30-40 other persons — on a complaint under IPC Sections 147 (Rioting), 149 (Unlawful assembly, every other member of such assembly shall be guilty of the offence), 188 (disobedient to an order lawfully promulgated by a public servant) and 342 (Wrongfully confining any person).

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Rampal came into the foray three years back, when a tense ten-day standoff between some of his followers and security forces at his sprawling premises cause death.

At that time, some 15,000 of Rampal’s followers were evacuated from the godman’s premises after the standoff.

The dispute started when the Punjab and Haryana High Court told the government to produce Rampal in a contempt of court case.

As is the case with any influential person, the sect leader had been avoiding arrest and had failed to appear before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, despite non-bailable warrants were issued against him earlier in November that year.

Rampal’s supporters had reportedly vandalised a court in Hisar in July 2014 also when he was going there in connection with a 2006 murder conspiracy case.

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His ashram complex had a 20-feet wall all around it for fortification.


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