After 'Guru Of Bling' Sentencing, Indian State Stays On Alert For Violence

Over 30 congregation centres of Dera Sacha Sauda sealed HC slams Khattar govt over violence

Media will not be allowed to cover the proceedings of the special court.

Earlier, on Friday, when Singh was brought to court for the first time, he moved to Panchkula in a cavalcade of more than 200 luxury cars.

In January 2005, Anshul had filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a CBI inquiry in the case of killing of his father. The six persons arrested by the Chandigarh Police during interrogation admitted that they were hired at '1000 per day to spread violence.

The quantum of punishment was announced amid unprecedented security in Punjab and Haryana. It is their testimony that finally nailed the 50-year-old spiritual leader who was given 20 years in jail for his crimes by a CBI court on Monday. He scripted and starred in his own movie, the 2014 film MSG (for "Maharaj Saint Gurmeet", one of his monikers) in which he cast himself as a heroic messenger of God - a message former members of his sect, known as Dera Sacha Sauda, say was drilled into them.

On the issue of attachment of properties of the Dera, it was asked whether the Dera Sacha Sauda can be asked to give security and surety for payment of compensation during the pendency of these proceedings, Gupta told reporters later outside the court. "We are on our toes 24x7 and we are 100 per cent certain that there will be no untoward incident tomorrow", he said. "The Punjab and Haryana government have submitted their reports in sealed envelopes", Satyapal Jain said.

Mahajan, however, submitted that the forces had controlled the situation within two hours.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, which were imposed in Delhi on Friday, when violence spread, will remain in force till further orders.

Ahead of the sentencing announcements, train and bus services to Rohtak were suspended to prevent the guru's supporters from gathering in the town, located in Haryana state.

Anshul has been fighting the legal battle that has now reached final arguments stage in the same CBI court at Panchkula that found the Dera chief guilty in two rape cases on August 2. Almost 1000 dera followers have been arrested so far since Friday.

Later speaking to reporters outside the court, Satya Pal Jain said, "At the outset the bench said it wanted to clarify that some of their oral observations on the previous hearing have been misreported". They said they have been misquoted.

A lawyer for the victims in the case, which dates back to 1999, said there could be dozens more cases of abuse involving women of the sect.



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