Chandigarh, June 24: The parole application of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the rape-convicted chief of socio-religious outfit Dera Sacha Sauda, is likely to be accepted by the Manohar Lal Khattar government in the state. The Haryana Police has recommended parole for Ram Rahim citing his "good behaviour" in the jail.
Ram Rahim was convicted in August 2017 by a Special CBI Court in Panchkula, which found him guilty of raping two of his former devotees. He was sentenced to two 10-year jail terms, which will run consecutively and not cumulatives. Faridkot on High Alert After Gurmeet Ram Rahim's Close Aide Killed in Nabha Jail
Slated to spend 20 years behind the bars, Ram Rahim recently moved a parole application, seeking his release for the purpose of "farming".
Update on Ram Rahim's Parole Plea:
#Breaking 1st on TIMES NOW | Jail authorities recommend parole for Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim citing ‘good behaviour.’ TIMES NOW accesses SP’s recommendation letter. | Gurpreet Chinna with details. | #ParoleForPolls pic.twitter.com/0TQORkdaUN
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Notably, the Dera chief has shared cordial political relations with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- the ruling party in Haryana as well as the Centre.
Haryana's Sports Minister Anil Vij has lauded Ram Rahim's efforts in various areas, including combating drug menace and promoting traditional sports among the youth.