• Bench admits appeal against verdict

Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s counsel on Monday told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the Dera chief had renounced the world and was not in a position to pay ₹30 lakh fine imposed on him following conviction on two counts of rape of female followers.

A Division Bench of Justices Surya Kant and Sudhir Mittal, while admitting the appeal filed by Ram Rahim, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence, challenging his conviction by the special CBI court, issued notice to the CBI.Separately, the High Court also admitted the appeal of the two victims who had sought life imprisonment for Ram Rahim in the same case.

Ram Rahim’s lawyer S.K. Garg Narvana pleaded before the court that in the wake of all the Dera properties having been attached, his client was not in a position to pay the fine to the rape survivors.

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