A CBI court on Friday convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the controversial head of the religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda, of raping two women in a case that has riveted the nation and sent millions of his followers into frenzy.
He faces up to seven years in prison.
The Haryana Police have taken Ram Rahim into custody, and he will be taken to Rohtak jail in a chopper.
The verdict came 15 years after the women, his former followers, accused the flamboyant, self-styled leader of sexually abusing them at the cult’s sprawling headquarters in Sirsa.
The quantum of punishment on will be decided on Monday, a CBI counsel told HT. The verdict was pronounced after 200 hearings spread over 10 years and numerous stay orders of higher courts.
With tens of thousands of followers camped along roads near the barricaded courthouse, police and paramilitary soldiers fanned out across the town of Panchkula and nearby areas.