Haryana defends Gurmeet Singh ‘s furlough says He is not ‘hardcore prisoner’

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The Haryana State justified its decision to release Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on furlough (for three weeks from February 7 to February 27) before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, by arguing that he is not a severe prisoner.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

The Haryana State justified its decision to release Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on furlough (for three weeks from February 7 to February 27) before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, by arguing that he is not a severe prisoner.

The Haryana government was reacting to a High Court plea that challenged the government’s decision to release him on furlough during the Punjab Assembly elections. In contravention of Section 5-A of the Haryana Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Act, 1988, his release has been challenged.

It was specifically said in the request that his release will have an impact on the electoral process as well as the state of Punjab’s peace and stability.


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The High Court had sought a response from the Haryana State Government on February 18, 2022, after a hearing in the case. The state government has now responded, defending its decision to release him on furlough.

Gurmeet is not a ‘hardcore prisoner,’ and he has not committed any jail offences, as per the reply filed by the Superintendent of Rohtak Jail. It has also been argued that he was not an assailant in the two murder cases in which he was convicted guilty, and that he did not carry out the actual killings and he was found guilty of hatching a criminal conspiracy with his co-accused.

Gurmeet is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for raping two female disciples at his ashram in Sirsa. Gurmeet was sentenced to life in prison by the CBI Court in Panchkula last year, in the Ranjit Singh murder case. In 2019, he was also found guilty of the murder of a journalist who had been missing for almost six years.

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