NEW DELHI: Taking a strong note of mayhem unleashed by followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Raheem, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered recovery of losses from the Dera Sacha Sauda.
The court on Friday also directed police to register cases of damage of public property.
There has been large scale violence in Haryana and Punjab after a CBI court held Ram Rahim, the 50-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda chief, guilty of rape in a case that was registered on the basis of an anonymous written complaint in 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers.
The full bench of the High Court also directed the Haryana government to use weapon or force, if required, to tackle the situation arising out of the CBI court verdict in the rape case against the dera head.
The bench will hear the matter further tomorrow, Additional Solicitor General of India Satya Pal Jain said.
The full bench comprising acting Chief Justice S Singh Saron, Justice Avneesh Jhingan and Justice Surya Kant was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a Panchkula resident raising law and order concerns as over 1.5 lakh people have reportedly entered the district despite prohibitory orders.
The court ordered that “in case people indulge in causing loss to the properties, the process will be videographed and total loss will be recovered from the dera,” Jain said.
The bench directed the authorities in Punjab, Haryana and UT Chandigarh to maintain law and order at any cost.