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CBI report on Dera Sacha Sauda chief by July 31

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will submit its report on the alleged involvement of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim in criminal cases on July 31.

New Delhi, May 28 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will submit its report on the alleged involvement of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim in criminal cases on July 31.

The Punjab and Haryana High court will take up the report on August 1.

The Dera chief and some of his aides are accused of murdering two people, including journalist Ram Chander Chattarpati. Some women have also accused the Dera leader and his aides of sexual molestation.

The Punjab High Court had ordered a CBI inquiry following a petition filed by Chattarpati's son complaining against the pace of the police investigation.

On Sunday, the Dera Sacha Sauda finally apologised to Guru Gobind Singh and not to the Akal Takht, the highest spiritual body of the Sikhs, a few hours before the deadline to close all of its establishments in Punjab expired.

There had been sectarian clashes and tension in the state since May 14 when ads of the Dera chief dressed as Guru Gobind Singh were released.

The Akal Takht will now meet on May 29 to take a final decision on the apology.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday again turned down a plea by the Dera asking for an early hearing of its case on ensuring protection of its followers and properties in Punjab. The court said the original date of hearing, which is June 4, would stay.

Dera's Vice-Chairman and trustee, Abhijit Bhagat, in his petition also asked the Supreme Court to restrain Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) from making statements against it.

The court said that the matter was for the Punjab Government to handle and the court would not like to intervene at this juncture.

The apex Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and D K Jain posted the matter for further hearing on June 4.

The court will also take up another petition filed on a similar issue then. A Public Interest Litigation seeks protection to the lives and properties of both the Sikhs and Dera sect followers.

On Sunday, people in Punjab prayed for peace and normalcy at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

The devotees, who came to pray at the Sikh's holiest shrine, said they wanted a peaceful resolution of the prevailing tension over an alleged "blasphemy" of Guru Gobind Singh.

"These things can be solved following the teachings of the Sikh gurus. They should sit and talk to find a solution to these problems. The solution doesn't lie in fighting each other; it rather creates problem for the innocent," said Bhagat Singh.

"I appeal to the young generation not to break the law by getting emotionally swayed. Solve the Dera problem with peace, religious leaders are trying to resolve it. People were suspecting riots on 27th, we pray to god that it doesn't happen and it ends peacefully," said Malkiat Singh.

Dera followers said they also wanted this issue to get resolved through talks, adding that they had no plans of taking any action in this regard.

"We are not taking any action. Our mission is peace. We want to serve the people of our country without taking law into our hands. We have never broken any law, neither have we given such message to anyone nor do we want to create any tension," Gurubachan Singh, member, Dera Advisory Committee. (ANI )


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