Rampal Behind the Bars, Bail Application Cancelled

Chandigarh, Nov 20: In a setback to controversial godman Rampal, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday cancelled his bail application in a 2006 murder case and ordered immediate arrest.

The bench of Justices M Jeyapaul and Darshan Singh rejected the bail stating that Rampal had been arrested in a contempt of court case. The court ordered that he be arrested immediately in the 2006 murder case.

Rampal was arrested on Wednesday evening at his ashram in Barwala after a 14-day standoff between police and his followers, who were protesting his arrest after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him for skipping his appearance before the court in the contempt case.

The self proclaimed godman, who had been avoiding arrest challenging the administration and system, was seen walking out of ashram with police covering his face. He would be produced before the court at 2 pm today in the contempt of court case.

He 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). Besides these, he has also been charged with attempt to murder, rioting and illegal detention.

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