Gurmeet Ram Rahim who is serving a 20-year-prison term gets parole to attend his daughter’s wedding. Though the high court has warned against the parole, the Haryana govt is in support of granting him leave. On May, Punjab High Court and Haryana High Court rejected the parole application filed by rape convict godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Now, the Haryana government is leaving no stone unturned to grant his parole to let him attend his foster daughter’s wedding.

The Punjab High Court and Haryana High Court had observed that releasing Ram Rahim could lead to a law and order problem like the infamous incident of 2017.

Every convict has the right to seek parole after a year. He made a request which we forwarded to the Sirsa district administration. Further action will be taken based on the report. Do not link this with elections. If we had such an intention we would have released him before Lok Sabha elections. The government has no such intention.

Haryana Jail Minister KL Panwar

I am of the view after considering the serious allegations against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh that the law and order problem which is likely to be created in case he is released on parole and difficulty of the state in re-arresting him, there is no ground to grant him parole

Justice Kuldeep Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court

Rahim has openly misused his follower base against the administration in the past when his supporters went berserk in Panchkula in August 2017, blocked roads and damaged properties, clashed with police, resulting in over 30 deaths.

Haryana is headed for assembly elections in four months and the supporters’ base of Gurmeet Ram Rahim is immense across Haryana and neighboring states. His support for the ruling BJP was a key factor of Manohar Lal Khattar coming to power in the last election.