Former driver of Gurmeet Rahim to depose afresh in murder cases: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today allowed the former driver of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to depose afresh in the murder cases of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and dera follower Ranjit Singh.

The top court dismissed the appeal of the Dera chief against the order of Punjab and Haryana High Court allowing his former driver Khatta Singh to depose afresh in the two murder cases.

“Sometime you don’t need to interfere when you know the harsh reality of life,” a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said while dismissing his appeal.

Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for Dera chief, said Khatta Singh had himself said in his deposition in 2012 that CBI has been putting pressure on him to depose against Ram Rahim. He said Singh had denied any knowledge of the dera chief’s involvement in these cases.

“If his fresh deposition is allowed, then my entire defence in the case will go away,” Luthra said, adding that Khatta Singh was not a reliable witness. (AGENCIES)