Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 4 others get life term in 19-yr-old murder case
The Dera chief, who is lodged in Rohtak's Sunaria jail since his conviction in 2017 for raping two disciples, appeared through video-conferencing, while the other four were present in the court in Haryana's Panchkula.
"The court has given the life sentence to five," Verma said after the hearing was held amid tight security on Monday.
The CBI had sought capital punishment for them.
The court had convicted them under sections 302 (murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
They were given a three-year jail term each under section 506 of the IPC.
The CBI special prosecutor said half of the fine amount will go to the victim's family as compensation.
Jagseer, who was eight years old when his father was murdered, said he was satisfied with the verdict, though his family was seeking a death sentence for Ram Rahim Singh.
The Dera chief, who enjoyed a large following, had frequently courted controversies and after his conviction in the rape case in 2017, violence had broken out in Panchkula and Sirsa leaving over 40 dead.
The letter narrated how women were allegedly being sexually exploited by the sect head at the Dera headquarters.
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