Haryana: A special investigation team (SIT) of the Punjab Police has left for the Sunaria jail in Rohtak on Monday morning to question Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in connection with a 2015 sacrilege case.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is lodged in the Sunaria jail since 2017 for raping two of his disciples. Dera Sacha Sauda chief is also accused of stealing a "bir" (copy) of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhs.
The four-member SIT is being led by Inspector General SPS Parmar. The other members of the team include Senior Superintendent of Police M S Bhullar, Deputy Superintendent of Police Lakhvir Singh, and Inspector Dalbir Singh.
On being asked about how long is the questioning of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief expected to last, SPS Parmar, said that it would depend on whether he cooperates or not and "whether his replies are proper or not".
SIT has prepared questions for Ram Rahim. In October, the Punjab and Haryana High Court said the Punjab Police could question the Dera Sacha Sauda chief in the jail in connection with the 2015 sacrilege case.
Earlier, the Faridkot court had issued a production warrant against Ram Rahim in the case for producing him before it on October 29.
In 2017, he was sentenced to jail for 20 years for raping two of his disciples. More than two years ago, the Dera Sacha Sauda sect head was also sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
On October 18 this year, a special CBI court in Panchkula sentenced Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and four others to life imprisonment in the 19-year-old murder case of sect manager Ranjit Singh.