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Ram Rahim rape conviction: How the case unfolded


Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has not stopped weeping since a special court sent him to jail for 20 years on Monday evening. Self-styled spiritual guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the rape of two women followers in 2002.

The verdict against 50-year-old ‘Guru of Bling’ was pronounced in a special hearing inside a prison in Rohtak city, about 70 kilometres from New Delhi by a special CBI judge who was flown to Rohtak’s Sunaria jail in a helicopter. Apart from sentencing 10-years in prison, the CBI court also slapped a fine of Rs 65,000 on Ram Rahim Singh.

Saga of a self-styled godman

  • 01

    April 2002

    April 2002 Anonymous letter written to Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice complaining about the sexual exploitation of woman followers at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa.

  • 02

    May 2002

    May 2002 High Court directs the Sirsa district and sessions judge to probe the allegations.

  • 03

    September 2002

    September 2002 High Court hands over the probe to the CBI after the district court indicates possibility of sexual exploitation.

  • 04

    December 2002

    December 2002 CBI registers a case of rape and criminal intimidation against Dera chief Ram Rahim.

  • 05

    July 2007

    July 2007 CBI files charge-sheet against Ram Rahim in an Ambala court. The charge-sheet refers to the rape of two women between 1999 and 2001.

  • 06

    Between 2009 and 2010

    Between 2009 and 2010 Two complainants record their statements.

  • 07

    April 2017

    April 2017 Court orders daily hearing in the case.

  • 08

    August 17, 2017

    August 17, 2017 Arguments of prosecution and defence concludes.

  • 09

    August 25, 2017

    August 25, 2017, the special CBI court convicts Ram Rahim of rape. Judge says quantum of sentence will be announced on August 28.

  • 10

    August 28, 2017

    August 28, 2017 Special judge sends Ram Rahim to jail for 20 years — 10 years each for the two rape convictions.