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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 immediately.

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 case.

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 “unwell”.

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.