The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday refused to entertain a public interest litigation seeking the cancellation of parole granted to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, The Indian Express reported.
The petition was filed by advocate HC Arora. He had earlier written to the Haryana government challenging Singh’s parole.
Arora withdrew his petition after the state government told the court that it would decide on his representation in a week.
The Dera Sacha Sauda chief was granted a 40-day parole in October ahead of the Adampur bye-poll on November 3 and Haryana panchayat elections on November 12.
This was the third time Singh has been granted temporary release from prison this year. In June, the sect leader was released on month-long parole ahead of the Sangrur bye-election in Punjab. In February, he was granted a 21-day furlough ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections.
Arora, in his petition, questioned how the government was allowing Singh to hold satsangs, or religious meetings, The Times of India reported. He noted that the Dera Sacha Sauda chief had released a song titled “Sadi Nit Diwali”, and said that the state government was indirectly helping him by not requesting YouTube to remove it.
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