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High Court notice to Dera Sauda chief for ‘castration’ of dera sadhus

July 28, 2012 | By

Chandigarh (July 28, 2012): As per media reports the Dera Sauda Sirsa (DSS) chief, Gurmeet Ram Raheem was arrayed as a respondent in a petition filed by former Dera follower alleging castration of 400 sadhus on the directions of Raheem. The Dera Chief has been issued notices by the Punjab and Haryana High Court asking him to respond by October 10.

“Another application was also moved by petitioner, Hans Raj Chauhan, who alleged that he was castrated on the instructions of the Dera Chief. In the application, Chauhan demanded that his medical examination along with seven other sadhus be conducted from a Chandigarh hospital” reports Indian Express.

In addition to the petitioner, seven sadhus also filed their affidavits, on Friday, alleging they were castrated by doctors in Dera Sacha Sauda at the behest of Raheem. Taking note of the serious accusations, the High Court also issued notices to the Haryana government to file its response on the demand of medical examination by October 10. Advocate Navkiran Singh, counsel for the petitioner, averred that the present case is of serious nature and demanded a CBI probe. On July 19, Navkiran had sought directions from the high court to “suitably compensate” the victims who have been rendered impotent. The petitioner had sought police protection for himself and the 400 sadhus and has demanded a CBI probe.

It might be mentioned here that the Dera chief was a not a respondent in the original petition. He was added as a respondent in the petition by way of an application filed on Friday. The petitioner has submitted that he has been associated with the Dera since 1990 and used to sing bhajans and play musical instruments at the Dera. He was castrated in the Dera Sacha Sauda along with 15 to 20 other followers in 2000 with the false hope that he would be treated as one of the most trusted followers of Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh.

The petitioner had further alleged that of the 400 sadhus who have now been castrated, 100 are from the internal security ring of the Dera Chief.

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