In an interview with News 18, M Narayanan, the chief investigating officer in the rape case against the Dera Sacha Sauda leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, has revealed how former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resisted pressure from the lawmakers in Punjab and Haryana, and backed investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Narayanan, retired DIG (Deputy Inspector General) of the CBI, also talked about the hostility and threats that his team encountered from Singh’s supporters, and he revealed details about Singh’s life inside the Dera Sacha Sauda campus in Sirsa.
“He had a collection of condoms and contraceptives in his room. He was a maniac, a real beast,” Narayanan told the news channel.
Earlier this month, Singh was convicted for the rape and criminal intimidation of two women who had lived inside the Dera campus.
The former police official said that Singh lived like a medieval king in his “goofa”, his accommodation inside the campus, surrounded by women (sadhvis). Every night around 10 pm, according to Narayanan, Singh would phone the head sadhvi and instruct her to send a young woman to sleep with the “guru.”
Over the course of two decades, Singh amassed a huge following by underprivileged and marginalized people access education and health services. His popularity, especially among people who have been subjected to discrimination based on caste, also gave the “godman” tremendous political clout.
Narayanan told News 18, “The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stood by the CBI and ordered us to go by the law. He went through the statement made by two Sadhvis before a judge and did not succumb to the pressures from Punjab and Haryana MPs. After a lot of pressure from these MPs, Manmohan Singh had summoned the then CBI chief Vijay Shanker to his office to discuss the case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. After seeing the victim’s statements before a judge, Singh backed us.”
In addition to the rape case against him, Singh is also facing charges for the murders of Ranjit Singh, a former manager of Dera Sacha Sauda and Ram Chander Chhatrapati, a local journalist.
While Ranjit circulated the letter written by his sister in 2002, which contained details of how she was raped by Singh, Chhatrapati had published the letter in his newspaper