Chandigarh, June 6: Controversial Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is serving a 20-year jail sentence in Haryana for raping two of his disciples, was on Sunday tested possitive for Covid-19, jail authorities said.

He was taken to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram where he was diagnosed coronavirus positive. Earlier, he had undergone tests at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak after he complained of abdominal pain.

Ram Rahim (53) is currently lodged at the high-security Sunaria jail in Rohtak, 250 km from Chandigarh. Last month, he was hospitalised at the PGMIS after he complained of low blood pressure. But he had refused a Covid-19 test in the hospital. India Reports Over 1.14 Lakh COVID-19 Cases In Past 24 Hours, Lowest in Almost 2 Months; Country Registers 2,677 Fatalities in A Day.

The self-styled godman was sentenced to 20 years in jail in August 2017 for raping two women. A special CBI court in Panchkula in January 2019 also sentenced him and three others to life imprisonment for the murder of a journalist over 16 years ago.

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