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Dera chief, 3 others convicted in Chhatrapati murder case

Chandigarh, Jan 11 : A special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday convicted Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh in the Chhatrapati murder case.

The court also convicted Kishan Lal, Kuldeep and Nirmal in the case.However, the quantum of punishment would be pronounced by the court on January 17. Ram Rahim, 51, appeared before the court through video conferencing from Rohtak's Sunaria jail.

He is currently serving a 20-year prison term for raping two of his followers. His conviction in August 2017 had triggered riots in Panchkula, as his followers went berserk, that left 30 dead and property worth crores vandalised.

Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot in October 2002 outside his house after his newspaper ''Poora Sach'' published an anonymous letter narrating how women were being sexually exploited by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa.

The case was registered in 2003 and handed over to the CBI in 2006. Ram Rahim was named the main conspirator in the case.