Soon after a month, the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected the parole application filed by rape convict godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the BJP’s Haryana government is now leaving no stone unturned to grant his parole to let him attend his foster daughter’s wedding.
The court had observed that releasing Ram Rahim could lead to a law and order problem like the infamous incident of 2017. Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment in two cases of raping minors.
Haryana Jail Minister KL Panwar said, “Every convict has the right to seek parole after a year. He made a request which we forwarded to the Sirsa district administration. Further action will be taken based on the report. Do not link this with elections. If we had such an intention we would have released him before Lok Sabha elections. The government has no such intention.”
Two other Haryana cabinet ministers Krishna Pawar and Anil Vij also backed the parole request saying Ram Rahim’s behaviour in jail has been good and he is entitled to parole like any other prisoner.
“I am of the view after considering the serious allegations against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh that the law and order problem which is likely to be created in case he is released on parole and difficulty of the state in re-arresting him, there is no ground to grant him parole,” Justice Kuldeep Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court observed in May this year when Ram Rahim’s daughter moved an application before the high court.