Ram Rahim case: Rajasthan high court directs Jaipur police to form SIT
The order came on a petition filed by Kamlesh Kumar. He alleged that his wife Guddi Devi who had gone to Ram Rahim’s Sirsa ashram to attend the satsang on May 8, 2015, was abducted and kept in wrongful confinement.
Jaipur: Rajasthan high court directed the state police to form a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the complaint of abduction and wrongful confinement of a Jaipur woman at the Sirsa ashram of rape convict Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.
The courts’ directions came on a petition filed by the victim’s husband Kamlesh Kumar who has requested for an unbiased investigation.
The SHO of Jawahar Nagar police station Rajesh Soni appeared before the single bench of Justice KS Ahluwalia on Tuesday. The court expressed dissatisfaction over the progress in the investigation and asked the police department to form an SIT, exclusively to probe this case. The court also directed the police to submit a report in the matter by May7.
The husband Kamlesh Kumar alleged in his petition that his wife who had gone to Ram Rahim’s Sirsa ashram to attend the satsang on May 8, 2015, was abducted and kept in wrongful confinement. He alleged that Guddi Devi (25) was in contact with the Dera’s managing director DPS Datta for a few days and Datta was the one who invited her to attend a satsang.
Kumar further claimed that they went to Sirsa on March 24 by a train and for next 4 days, his wife attended the satsang in a women’s group and met him only once on March 28. The following day, one of the sevadars told him that Guddi Devi was in deep meditation. From that day onwards, the Kumar could not meet his wife so he lodged the complaint.
Reportedly, the police initially ignored Kumar’s complaint however later registered a case of abduction and illegal confinement on May 8 on court’s direction. The man though was unsatisfied with the police investigation and filed a habeas corpus petition in the High Court on May 12.