Despite pressure, Manmohan Singh backed CBI against Gurmeet Singh in 2007: Investigation Officer reveals

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Bengaluru: Despite political pressure from Haryana and Punjab on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he backed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a free hand in proceedings against Dera Sachcha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Singh rape case, reveals former DIG of CBI M. Narayanan who investigated the case.

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“The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stood by the CBI and ordered us to go by the law. He went through the statement made by two Sadhvis before a judge and did not succumb to the pressures from Punjab and Haryana MPs. After a lot of pressure from these MPs, Manmohan Singh had summoned the then CBI chief Vijay Shanker to his office to discuss the case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. After seeing the victim’s statements before a judge, Singh backed us,” said M Narayanan.

M Narayanan, retired DIG of the CBI (Photo News18)

According to CNNnews18, Mr Narayanan has also applauded his boss Vijay Shanker who stood up against Punjab and Haryana MPs,”When powerful MPs asked him to drop cases against Ram Rahim, Vijay Shanker refused to do so. He backed us fully.” he said.

M Narayanan who was born in Kasargod, Kerala was in Mysore on the day Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years in jail. He said that Ram Rahim would also be convicted in other cases, including the murder of two people, while expressing satisfaction with the present verdict.

“The complaint was sent in 2002. But nothing had happened till 2007. Expressing serious concerns over the progress of the investigation, the Punjab & Haryana High Court took the CBI to task. It had even summoned the chief Vijay Shanker to court seeking an explanation. After that he gave us Sadhvis letters, files of the murder of journalist Ramachandra Chatrapati and Dera volunteer Ranjit Singh. He ordered us to go ahead and complete the investigation in just 57 days as ordered by the High Court” Narayanan said in an interview to news channel CNNnews18.

“We came to know that between 1999 and 2002, over 200 Sadhvis had left the Dera because of sexual harassment. Finally we could trace just 10 victims. But they were married and did not come forward to lodge a complaint. We managed to persuade just two victims and filed charge sheet before a court in Ambala on the 56th day.” He added.

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Mr Narayanan claimed that Gurmeet Ram Rahim was living like a medieval emperor in his so-called ashram (Goofa) surrounded by young women known as Sadhvis. Every night around 10 PM, the head Sadhvi used to get a call from him instructing her to send a Sadhvi to his bedroom and she used to force one of the Sadhvis selected by him to sleep with the “guru”.

Narayanan added that Gurmeet Ram Rahim was extremely careful like a professional criminal and never used to leave any traces of his criminal activity. “He had a collection of condoms and contraceptives in his room. He was a maniac, a real beast”, the investigating officer revealed.

Source : News18

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