No Will to Arrest Murder-Accused 'Godman': Court Slams Haryana

 Share
EMAIL
PRINT
COMMENTS
No Will to Arrest Murder-Accused 'Godman': Court Slams Haryana

Women followers of Rampal outside his ashram in Hisar (Press Trust of India photo)

Hisar:  On a day he was to appear in court, a murder-accused 'godman' who has been hiding out at his ashram in Haryana's Hisar for nearly two weeks, apparently gave policemen the slip and was moved to "another location."

The state government argued in court that they had not brought "Rampal Maharaj" as he is unwell, but that did not wash with the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which sternly said "the will to arrest him is lacking."

Ordering the government to produce Rampal by Friday, the court said, "We don't buy arguments that he is not well. The state government's inability to arrest him will allow even small time criminals to defy the law."

The 63-year-old spiritual guru has been hiding at his Satlok Ashram in Hihar's Barwala town, protected by a ring of armed followers and scores of women and children.

The government apparently planned to wait him out. Water and power supply have been cut off to the ashram and the government told court that it could survive "maximum one week", after which an arrest would be possible.  

Outside Rampal's "Satlok Ashram", his followers say they will do everything possible to stop the police from taking him away.

The self-styled godman has skipped court hearings 42 times since 2010, and sought exemptions repeatedly. He is out on bail in a 2006 case when his supporters opened fire on villagers, killing one and injuring several others in Rohtak.

The court last week rejected the Haryana government's plea that Rampal's arrest would cause law and order problems and ordered a fresh non-bailable arrest warrant against him.

NDTV Beeps - your daily newsletter

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................

................................ Advertisement ................................