A Panchkula court has framed charges against 41 people in connection with the violence that followed after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh last year. However, the court dropped sedition charges against them.
Defence counsel Suresh Rohilla said that the charges have been framed for rioting, attempt to murder, use of explosive substances (under the Explosive Substances Act) and damaging public property, (under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act).
The violence after Gurmeets Singh’s conviction in two rape cases left 35 dead in Panchkula, while six others were killed in Sirsa.
The Dera chief is currently lodged in Sunaria jail in Rohtak.