Hisar: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday evening issued fresh non-bailable warrants against self-styled godman Rampal in contempt case and directed the Haryana government and police to present him definitely in court on Friday.
Addressing the press, Anupam Gupta, who has been appointed Amicus Curiae, said, “Baba Rampal is in ashram. Court has issued fresh non bailable warrants against him.”
“The High Court also directed that the warrants has to be executed by this Friday,” Gupta added.
The HC has issued the fresh warrant after defiant godman Rampal failed to appear in front of the court today.
As per reports, all bank accounts of the Satlok ashram have been sealed with an immediate effect. A heavy police force have also reached outside the ashram premises, where Sant Rampal is said to be hiding for nearly two weeks.
However, some unconfirmed reports said that Rampal has fled from the Satlok ashram by giving cops a slip and has moved to some undisclosed location. Thus, the state government today failed to arrest the controversial godman and bring him before the law. Reacting to the failure of the Haryana government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today slammed the state government saying that "the will to arrest him is lacking".
However, earlier in the day, Anupam Gupta had said that they had not brought "Rampal Maharaj" in the court as he is unwell, ANI reported.
Hours after drawing flak from High Court, the Haryana government finally ordered the followers of the self-styled godman to vacate his Satlok ashram near Barwala town.
"All the followers and devotees of Baba Rampal Satlok Ashram have been asked to vacate the ashram as soon as possible as the Punjab and Haryana High court has issued non-bailable warrant against Baba Rampal," Hisar Deputy Commissioner ML Kaushik said.
He further said that the "high court has ordered police to arrest Baba Rampal and produce him in the court at the earliest".
Warning the followers of Rampal not to create any obstruction in implementing the law, the deputy commissioner said the followers who come out of the ashram peacefully would be provided facilities to reach the railway station and bus stand.
Thousands of followers of the godman, including hundreds of women and children, have been camping outside his ashram, 210 km from here, for nearly a fortnight to prevent security forces from entering the complex to arrest Rampal.
The sect leader has been avoiding arrest and has failed to appear before the high court despite non-bailable warrants against him issued by the high court November 5.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed outside the ashram complex since Saturday evening as hundreds of security personnel surrounded the complex but thousands of followers of the sect leader acted as a shield to the ashram by camping outside.
The security forces were withdrawn from the immediate vicinity of the ashram yesterday evening.
Rampal, who is facing charges of conspiracy to murder, inciting mobs and contempt of court, was asked to appear before the high court. He has failed to appear before the court thrice.
The high court last week directed Haryana Police and state authorities to arrest and bring him (Rampal) before the court. The high court bench said Rampal should be "smoked out even if he is hiding in a bunker".
(With Agency inputs)