Haryana police committed to arrest godman Sant Rampal
The Haryana police on Wednesday said it will abide by the court orders and present self-styled godman Sant Rampal before it on November 17 in a contempt of court case here, after the doctors monitoring him pronounced his health as normal.
Hisar: The Haryana police on Wednesday said it will abide by the court orders and present self-styled godman Sant Rampal before it on November 17 in a contempt of court case here, after the doctors monitoring him pronounced his health as normal.
However, the disciples of the godman, who have converted his Satlok Ashram into a virtual fortress, have said they would not allow the police to arrest him till he recovers completely.
Female disciples of Rampal had reached in large numbers at Satlok Ashrama and squatted in front of its gate.
"Even if Sant ji wanted to appear in the court in sick condition we won't allow him to do so. The court has adopted vindictive attitude and we are not going to accept the unjustified order of the court, what may come," Barwala-based Satlok Ashram's spokesperson Raj Kapoor said.
Meanwhile, Barwala DSP Rajbir Singh Saini said, "We are committed to follow the court orders and shall produce Rampal in the High Court on November 17 in every condition. The law would take its course."
Dr L K Jha, cardiologist of Apolo Hospital, who is monitoring his treatment said, "Earlier Sant Rampal was suffering from high blood pressure. Now he is complaining pain in the chest. After treatment, his other medical reports have been found normal."
As followers of the godman are reaching the ashram and fortifying it, the administration is likely to stop water and electricity supply to the place, sources said.
The traffic route of Hisar-Chandigarh National Highway which passes from near the ashram can be also be changed as a safety measure, they said.
Rejecting the state government's plea that Rampal was unwell and his arrest would create law and order problem, Punjab and Haryana High Court had on Monday issued a fresh non-bailable arrest warrant against him in a contempt case and asked why his bail in a 2006 murder case should not be cancelled.
Observing that the state government lacked willingness to arrest the godman and no sincere efforts were made to produce him before it, the HC directed the Haryana Director General of Police and the Home Secretary to ensure that Rampal appears in person before it on or before November 17.
Rampal has been charged with interfering in judicial proceedings during the hearing of a case in the Hisar sessions court. On July 15, his supporters had marched inside the district court complex in Hisar and tried to create trouble in the court proceedings.
The HC took cognisance of the case and issued notices to Rampal and the state government. As he failed to appear before it, the court had last week issued non-bailable warrant against Rampal and asked the Haryana government to produce him and his aide Ram Kumar Dhaka before it yesterday.
Rampal had shifted his base from Rohtak to Barwala town of Hisar. In July 2006, during a clash with villagers, thousands of his followers had gathered at his ashram and made it tough for police to arrest Rampal in a murder case.
Again in 2013, when they tried to take possession of his ashram at Karontha village in Rohtak district, a large number of followers went inside the ashram during the night and refused to leave which led to a clash in which two persons were killed and many others injured.