Dera chief FIR: Punjab cop moves court

Last Updated: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 21:15

Bathinda: Nearly five years after registration
of FIR against the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim
Singh here, the district police on Saturday moved an application for
the cancellation of the FIR registered on a complaint of the
head of a religious outfit.

The Dera chief had been at loggerheads with the Sikh
clergy for alleged hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs
by wearing the robe similar to the one worn by Sikh guru Sri
Govind Singh.

The district police produced an affidavit of Rajinder
Singh Sidhu, President of Khalsa Diwan Gurudwara Singh Sabha,
along with statements of a few persons requesting cancellation
of the FIR registered in the court of Chief Judicial
Magistrate Harjeet Singh.

The complainant had received the summons on February 1,
2012, but denied having given any affidavit seeking
cancellation of the FIR. He said he wanted the `challan` to be
produced before the court.

Sidhu alleged the police action seeking withdrawal of the
FIR was taken at the behest of the government which wanted the
Dera followers votes in favour of ruling party.

The CJM had placed the case for hearing on February 11,
2012.

According to the complaint submitted by Sidhu on May 13,
2007, to the Senior Superintendent of Police, publication of an
advertisement in some daily newspapers showing the Dera chief
wearing the dress of Sikh guru Sri Guru Gobind Singh and
imitating the guru in all acts.

It was done in order to hurt the religious feelings of
Sikhs," Sidhu had alleged.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 21:15

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