The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea of Dera Sirsa head Gurmeet Ram Rahim seeking more handwriting samples of an alleged rape victim in a 14-year-old case, asking whether a woman is available, just because she writes “Babaji, I love you”.
A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan said the tenor and the language of the letter allegedly written by the victim does not show consent at any point. However, senior advocate Jayant Bhushan, appearing for the religious figure-head, said this letter was a crucial piece of evidence and is inconsistent with the allegation.
The rape case is currently underway in CBI special court at Panchkula as the Punjab and Haryana High Court had transferred CBI special judge RK Yadav just before the pronouncement of the final order. The case has been dragging on for around 14 years now, as the FIR was registered in 2002 and the alleged incident happened in 1999.
The Supreme Court while hearing the matter, observed, that just because a victim writes, “Babaji I love you, does that mean I am available?.” SC asked the counsel appearing for the Dera Sacha Suada Chief. The court further observed that the tenor of the language of the letter allegedly written by the victim does not show consent at any point.
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