Once known for his flamboyant lifestyle and access to the highest corridors of power, controversial godman Gurmeeet Ram Rahim Singh broke down like a child in an open court after he was sentenced to 20 years in jail in two rape cases.
With folded hands, the chief of the Dera Sacha Sauda, who ran multiple ashrams spread across northern states of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan, begged for mercy like an ordinary citizen before special CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh in Rohtak’s Sunaria jail.
At 2:30 PM, in India, the judge reached the court and in the next 20 minutes all the arguments were over. The defence had argued that Ram Rahim Singh is a “social worker” who has worked for the welfare of people and so the court should take a lenient view while pronouncing the sentence.
At 2:55 PM in India, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh broke down and asked for forgiveness.
At 3:06 PM, in India, the court announced 20 years of sentence and a fine of Rs 30 lakh.
After this began a 10-minute-long drama by the godman.
The ‘Love Charger’ Baba who claims to have given spiritual guidance to lakhs of followers, folded his hands before the court and begged for mercy.
Claiming to be the “Messenger of God” (MSG), the Baba who even made three films by the same name, was petrified today. “Mujhe maaf kar dijiye,” (forgive me) was all he could utter.
The “Guru” who will now be known as Qaidi No. 1997 had to be dragged out of the courtroom as he sat down refusing to leave. He even complained of uneasiness and high blood pressure problems. However, doctors found him to be medically fit and fine.
He was soon given jail costume.
After calming down, the Baba asked for tea. He was denied as the court had already slammed the police for giving VIP treatment to a rape convict.
The proceeding was being held at the Sunaria jail’s library, a makeshift court.