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The Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged that the Haryana government is not co-operating with it in investigating a criminal case against Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The Dera chief is accused of ordering the castration of his followers. “The CBI submitted the interim report in the case before the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The agency has been asked to file the next interim report on July 1, 2015,” Navkiran Singh, Counsel of the petitioner Hans Raj Chauhan told Mail Today.

In a statement made before the Punjab and Haryana high court, the CBI informed that it had not received the required logistical support from the state government. It stated that the agency had written a letter on January 8 in this regard to the Haryana chief secretary, but its response was still awaited. These submissions were made by the premier investigative agency while submitting a status report in a sealed cover about the probe. However, the counsel for Haryana government assured the agency and HC of doing the needful. Justice Surya Kant asked the CBI counsel to file an application furnishing its requirements, after which it would pass necessary directions to the Khattar government in Haryana.
CBI submitted its preliminary investigation report in the case in a sealed cover. Rahim Singh is also facing two murder charges. He is accused of murdering a Sirsa-based journalist, Ram Chander Chatrapati, who had been writing about the Dera’s activities. Chatrapati was shot on October 24, 2001 and died on November 21.