Godman Rampal sent to judicial custody, SIT to probe cases against him
CHANDIGARH: Controversial ‘godman’ Rampal, who was
taken into custody last night after days of confrontation with police, was sent
to judicial custody by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The next hearing on
the case will be on November 28. Earlier today, the court cancelled the bail of
Rampal in a 2006 murder case and ordered that he be taken into custody
The HC pronounced the cancellation of bail immediately
after Haryana Advocate General and Station House Officer (SHO) of Barwala
Police Station in Hisar moved an application stating that Rampal had been
arrested in a contempt of court case. The bench comprising Justices M Jeyapaul
and Darshan Singh ordered that he be arrested immediately in the 2006 murder
The court, which had suo motu taken up the issue of
cancellation of bail on November 10 when Rampal failed to appear in the
contempt case, had on November 18 reserved the order after hearing the defence,
the state and amicus curiae.
Meanwhile, in his brief conversation with the media
persons on Thursday after his medical examination, Rampal rejected charges that
he had asked thousands of his followers to be kept “hostage” for past several
days inside his ashram at Barwala to evade police action in a contempt of court
case. Read full report here. Allegations against me are false, says Rampal
Rampal was nabbed last night at his ashram in Barwala
after an over two-week tense standoff between police and his supporters, who
were resisting his arrest after non-bailable warrants were issued against him
for not appearing in the contempt case.
On Thursday the HC also directed that he be produced
at 2pm in the contempt of court case after Attorney General BR Mahajan and
Barwala SHO Anil Kumar moved an application informing the court that Rampal was
arrested last night.
A large number of security personnel had been deployed
around the High Court complex. Rampal is on bail in connection with a case of
murder registered in 2006 after a clash at his Ashram at Kainthola in Rohtak
district where one person had died and some others were injured.
The self styled ‘godman’ had failed to appear before
the High Court on three dates – November 5, November 10 and November 17.
A large number of people and media persons, including
television crews, were present at the High Court where a large number of
security personnel were deployed to maintain law and order.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had earlier this
week issued a fresh non-bailable warrant (NBW) for November 21 against Rampal
after he failed to appear in the contempt case, with his counsel saying he was
It had also directed the governments of Haryana and
Punjab, the Union Government and the Chandigarh Administration to file a
statement detailing the expenses incurred in making security arrangements for
Rampal’s court appearance.