Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan, the head of the Indian social group Dera Sacha Sauda has sought parole for farming at his fields in Haryana’s Sirsa.
Singh, who is a convicted rapist, has also been charged with the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati. He has not committed any crime in prison and has been behaving well in the same.
The Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said that no decision has been taken yet on granting parole to the DSS chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. “There are certain legal procedures and a person who has the right to seek parole can seek it. We can’t stop anyone. As of now, no decision has been taken on Ram Rahim’s parole,” Manohar Lal Khattar said.
However, as per reports, the BJP government in Haryana seems to be favouring parole for him, saying this is his right owing to his ‘good conduct’ in jail. Cabinet minister Anil Vij said, “Parole is his right”, citing his good behaviour in jail.
It was only last month that Gurmeet Ram Rahim was denied an interim bail by the Punjab and Haryana High court. He sought bail to attend the marriage of his foster daughter. Following his application for the parole, the jail superintendent had written to the Sirsa district administration.
As per reports, a senior police official said, “The report will be prepared to take into account the merits and demerits of the parole if granted. On a routine basis, we prepare reports on parole applications based on merits and demerits of each case.”
Ram Rahim has been an important personality when it comes to shifting votes of his followers towards his preference of political leaders/parties. Not to mention that his conviction on August 25, 2017, had led to violence in Panchkula and Sirsa, leaving 41 people dead and over 260 injured.
After the opposition parties said that the Manohar Lal Khattar government in the state was trying to woo the electorate ahead of the Assembly elections slated in October by favouring the jailed self-styled godman, the Jail Minister KL Panwar told the media, “Do not link it with elections. If we had such an intention we would have released him before Lok Sabha elections.””He has applied for parole, which he is entitled to. There is a procedure involved,” he added.
Ram Rahim is also facing prosecution for other murders and ordering forced castrations and has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.