`Godman` Rampal sent to judicial custody till November 28

Controversial guru Rampal at a police station in Panchkula.

Chandigarh, Nov 20: The controversial ‘godman’ Rampal, accused of sedition and murder, was sent to judicial custody till November 28 by the Punjab and Haryana High Court here on Thursday.

The court has also asked the Haryana government to file a report in connection with the police operation at Rampal’s ashram in Barwala.

Earlier in the morning, the High Court had also cancelled the bail of Rampal, who was arrested on Wednesday night from his Satlok Ashram, in 2006 murder case.

The controversial guru, who has been charged under under Sections 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India, 121A (conspiring to commit certain offences against the state) and 122 (Collecting arms etc. With the intention of waging war against the Govt of India), was earlier taken to a Panchkula hospital after he complained of high blood pressure.

“We have examined him and his condition, including his blood pressure, is stable,” BK Bansal, a doctor at Panchkula’s Sector 6 General Hospital, told media.

After his medical examination at the General Hospital, 63-year-old godman told reporters, “Yeah jhuthee ilzaam hein (these are false allegations).”

Rampal also denied the claims of his followers that they had been kept hostage by his private armed commandos and other henchmen, saying, “No, this is not true….”

Rampal, however, kept walking towards a waiting police vehicle, jostling his way through the battery of mediapersons who surrounded him.

The Haryana Police reportedly made heavy security arrangements outside the HC premises to keep the followers of Rampal at bay and to ensure that they don’t take law in their hands.

Rampal was arrested along with his four aides from his Ashram in Barwala (Haryana) in a joint operation of the Haryana Police and Rapid Action Force on Wednesday night.

Rampal, who was arrested from his ashram after a two-week stand-off, has been charged with sedition or waging war against the nation.

(With Agency Inputs)

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