'No more parole for Ram Rahim…': HC slams Haryana government over 'benefit' given to rape convict

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday asked the Haryana government that rape accused Ram Rahim should not be granted further parole without the permission of the court.

The self-proclaimed godman, who was convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison, is already on parole until March 10. The court directed him to surrender on the same day.

“Ram Rahim may surrender on the appointed date i.e. 10.03.2024 and thereafter the state authorities shall not consider the matter of granting further parole till further orders without the permission of this court,” the bar and bench said of the High Court on Thursday. Reported citing. Order.

The court also directed the Haryana government to file an affidavit stating “how many persons having such criminal record and convicted in three cases have been given this benefit”.

The bench gave this direction to the Haryana government in a case challenging the parole granted to Ram Rahim by the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee in 2023.

“The State of Haryana shall also file the necessary custody certificate to the effect that the said defendant has surrendered on the appointed date,” the High Court quoted the High Court as saying.

The Bar and Bench reported that Ram Rahim was released for 91 days in 2022 and 2023. He was granted a one-day emergency parole on 24 October 2020 and again on 21 May 2021. He was later granted a 21-day furlough on February 7, 2022.

Subsequently, he was granted another parole for 30 days on 17 June 2022. He was granted parole for 40 days on 15 October 2022 and 21 January 2023.

On 21 November 2023, he was granted another furlough for 21 days. He is currently on a 50-day parole that began in January 2024.

(with bar and bench entries)

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