HC raps Haryana govt, police for not arresting controversial godman Rampal

As tension continued to mount in this town of Hisar, controversial Godman Rampal on Monday said he will not appear before Punjab and Haryana High Court today in the contempt case on health grounds.

HC raps Haryana govt, police for not arresting controversial godman Rampal

Barwala: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday directed Haryana Police to bring before it on Friday controversial self-styled godman Rampal, after he again failed to appear before the court.

As the stand-off continued at Rampal's Satlok Ashram, where his followers were resisting his arrest after a fresh non-bailable warrant was issued a week ago, an Ashram spokesman said the Godman, who underwent a medical examination last night, was not in a condition to travel to Chandigarh and that he could appear through video conferencing.

"He is not in a condition to travel as he remains unwell. We will give a medical certificate which will be presented to the High Court," Ashram spokesman Raj Kapoor said.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday rapped the Haryana government and the state police for failing to arrest Rampal and present him before the court.

A division bench of the high court came down heavily on the Haryana government and the police for failing to bring the defiant sect leader before it. The court questioned the state government move to withdraw security forces and police from near the sect ashram near Barwala in Haryana.

Punjab and Haryana High Court had on Monday last issued a fresh non-bailable arrest warrant against Rampal in a contempt case and asked as to why his bail in a 2006 murder case should not be cancelled.

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 stand-off between followers of the godman based and security forces continued with the police failing to take him into custody till Sunday evening.

Hundreds of women and children, along with men followers of Rampal, continued to provide him shield by blocking entry of the security forces into the Satlok Ashram.

The 20-day-old BJP government in Haryana led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been under fire for not being able to present the controversial sect leader before the high court.

(With Agency inputs)