SIT to probe against ‘godman’ Rampal

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 of 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, he 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.

Following his arrest from the Satlok Ashram in Barwala, Haryana, self-styled godman Rampal was brought to Panchkula town, adjoining Chandigarh early on Thursday on and was medically examined.

Rampal, who has been avoiding appearing before the high court on medical grounds, was seen walking out of the ambulance, which brought him from the Barwala Ashram, over 210km from here, on his own.