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Ram Rahim: Haryana Grants Dera Chief Parole Again, Fifth In 17 Months | indian news

CHANDIGARH: Haryana government has granted another 30 days conditional freedom imprisoned Dera Sacha Sauda chief gurmeet ram rahim Singh, who is serving sentences in two rape cases and a life sentence in two separate murder cases. This marks his fifth probation in 17 months, and his second this year.
His parole history includes prior releases of 21 days in February 2022, 30 days in June 2022, 40 days in October 2022, and 40 days in January of this year. After his conviction in two rape cases in August 2017, he was released “from sunrise to sunset” on October 24, 2020 to meet his ailing mother at a Gurgaon hospital.
The Haryana government has consistently defended the suspension of the head of the influential Sirsa-based Dera, claiming it is within his legal rights as a convict. According to the jail manual, a convict (sentenced to more than 10 years) is entitled to 98 days of probation in a year, with the time spent out of jail being added to the sentence without reducing the total sentence.
Despite such privileges, parole eligibility is not granted to all inmates and depends on several factors, including the discretion of authorities and administrative clearance.
He Dera The chief, currently incarcerated at Rohtak Sunaria Jail, was granted parole on the condition that he remain present at the Shah Satnam Ji Ashram Dera Sacha Sauda Barnava in Bagpat district of Uttar Pradesh and get prior permission from the district magistrate (DM) before leaving. The decision was made after Bagpat’s DM provided authorization in his July 18 report.
The order issued by the Rohtak division commissioner states that the Dera chief is entitled to release under the Haryana Prisoners of Good Conduct (Temporary Release) Act 2022, according to reports from the Rohtak jail superintendent, Bagpat’s DM and SP. You have been asked to provide a personal bond and two guarantees of Rs 3 lakh each to the satisfaction of the DM to ensure faithful performance of the specified probation conditions.
However, the parole decision has aroused the concern of Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Chairman Harjinder Singh Dhami. They expressed their disapproval, questioning the repeated granting of parole to the Dera chief while the government denied Sikh prisoners any form of release. Dhami highlighted the atmosphere of mistrust that this policy was creating among the Sikh community.
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Raghbir Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Chairman Harjinder Singh Dhami expressed their disapproval and questioned the repeated paroles granted to the Dera chief while Sikh prisoners were denied any form of release.

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