Gautam Gambhir lauds Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s sentencing, calls for resolution on remaining rape trials

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape on Monday, a move that brought joy on the faces of millions of including that of Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir.

The sentence was passed by Jagdeep Singh, a special CBI judge, in a makeshift court in the Sunaria jail where Ram Rahim, 50, had been lodged since his conviction on Friday.

Media reports said Ram Rahim broke down and asked for forgiveness with folded hands when the sentence was read out.

He then refused to leave the court room, in the jail library, said the report.

To avoid more trouble it was decided that CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh should pronounce the sentence in the jail, rather than bring Ram Rahim back to his court in Panchkula, near Chandigarh.

Gambhir, in his tweet post hearing the terms of sentence, especially lauded Justice Singh.

“Bravo to d women, CBI court & Justice Singh. Now, let’s try 2 resolve over 1,37,458 pending rape trials (NCRB, 2015 data), they r our part too,” Gambhir tweeted.