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Rampal seeks suspension of sentence | Chandigarh News


Chandigarh: The controversial preacher of Satlok Ashram, Rampal, has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking suspension of his sentence in case of murder of some women followers inside the ashram. The incident had taken place in November 2014 at Rampal’s Barwala ashram in Hisar district. Rampal’s appeal against his conviction is already pending before the HC.
In his fresh plea for suspension of sentence and release till the HC decision in his appeal, Rampal has argued that most of those convicted with him had been released on suspension of their sentence. Rampal, who has been under incarceration for around six years, has submitted that he was debridden and quite unwell when the alleged incident took place.
“I was suffering from heart disease and other ailments for several weeks prior to the alleged incident. I deserve to be released on suspension of sentence during the pendency of appeal against the conviction,” he has submitted in his plea, which is expected to come up for hearing on Tuesday.
Rampal has also provided a list of 10 persons — Rajesh, Balwan, Rajiv Sharma, Rajesh alias Ramesh, Natwar Lal, Ram Chander, Babita alias Baby, Pawan, Virender and Jogender — whose sentence has been suspended by the HC. It has been submitted that the deaths in his Barwala ashram, for which he has been held responsible, had taken place due to some other reasons including ailment/illness. To support his claims, Rampal has also attached the medical reports of those who died in his ashram.
Rampal and other dera functionaries were booked in November 2014 for several serious charges after they had challenged the high court directions, asking them to appear in a contempt of court matter. The state government had deployed 5,375 personnel from Haryana and central forces to arrest them aides after a 10-day operation, which ended with his arrest on November 19. The entire operation had cost the exchequer Rs 26 crore. On October 11, 2018, a local court in Hisar had awarded life imprisonment to Rampal and his key aides following the death of four women and a child inside the ashram.





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