Court imposes Rs 30 lakh fine on Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being taken in a chopper to Rohtak

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being taken in a chopper to Rohtak

Both sentences will run consecutively.

The Haryana government has faced severe criticism from opposition Congress and a state court for failing to stop the rioting and vandalism.

In the run-up to the sentencing, special CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh was flown to Rohtak's Sunaria jail where Singh had been airlifted after the verdict on Friday.

The chief minister said that in addition to the list of damaged properties, the state would file before the Punjab and Haryana High Court a claim for recovery of the expenditure incurred in the deployment of central armed forces from the Dera.

Soon after the CBI judge sentenced Ram Rahim for rape, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh assured there was "total normalcy" in the state.

Affected areas in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday morning were peaceful as security forces remained on high alert, officials said. Mr. Singh, who claims to have 60 million followers worldwide, was convicted of raping two women. The chargesheet mentions sexual exploitation of two "Sadhvis" (women followers) between 1999 and 2001.

Between 2009 and 2010, the two complainants recorded their statements before the court.

The special CBI court found him guilty of the crime and the verdict led to violence in Haryana and Delhi NCR.

In July 2017, the court ordered daily hearing and arguments of prosecution and defence were concluded on August 17, 2017. Ram Rahim, as with other religious leaders, are often pampered and grovelled to by Indian politicians, as a technique for securing a large vote percentage.

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Authorities are geared up to prevent a repeat of the mayhem on Friday by the followers of the Dera chief.

Prohibitory orders, barring the assembly of five or more persons and carrying of firearms and other weapons, have been imposed in Fatehabad, Kaithal and Ambala districts.

Since Friday's violence by his supporters when some 38 people were killed, his political connections have also come under scrutiny.

"We are in control of the situation". If there is any such element who indulges in any act of violence endangering innocent lives, if he does not pay heed to warnings then shoot-at-sight will be used against him.

"The law and order situation was under DCP Panchkula, later he was suspended and now the new DCP has taken over the post", he added.

The Dera head felt uneasy during the hearing after which doctors of the PGI Rohtak, who were on stand by, were asked to examine the convict, reports said.

"We have clarity of thought, we are not confused".

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is also being investigated for allegedly persuading hundreds of his followers to undergo castration for "purity" and "closeness to God". Army has been deployed in two districts of Mansa and in Malout town. "Some dera followers are still present inside the sect headquarters", V. Umashamkar, Commissioner, told media.

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