An Indian guru who is already in jail for rape has been convicted for a 2002 murder of a journalist.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, personality of a Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was given a 20-year sentence in 2017 for raping dual womanlike followers.
He will be condemned for a murder on 17 January.
Newspaper editor Ram Chander Chhatrapati was shot passed after exposing abuse during Dera’s domicile in a north-western city of Sirsa.
Three other group were also convicted of Chhatrapati’s murder – Kuldeep Singh, Nirmal Singh and Krishan Lal.
The contentious holy male seemed during a justice in Panchkula in Haryana state by a video couple from his prison.
During a trial, confidence was stepped adult opposite a state and in tools of Punjab – where many of Dera’s supporters live.
Violence erupted after a group leader’s rape self-assurance in Aug 2017, that resulted in a deaths of 38 people.
Soon afterwards, about 50 other women came brazen with their possess allegations about passionate abuse in a sect.
‘The finish truth’
Ram Rahim Singh, 51, had prolonged embellished himself as a divine devout leader, enlivening supporters all over a universe to take vows of avoidance and celibacy.
But this masquerade started to trip in 2002, with a announcement of a minute in a internal newspaper.
The essay was created by an unknown supporter of Ram Rahim Singh, and published by Mr Chhatrapati in his Hindi-language journal Poora Sach – “The Complete Truth”.
It described instances of passionate abuse during a sect.
Anshul Chhatrapati, a late editor’s son, told The Print that his colleagues warned his father during a time to be careful, since “someone will fire we one day”.
To this, he reportedly replied: “A genuine contributor takes a bullet, not a shoe.”
Five days later, on 24 Oct 2002, Dera Sacha Sauda supporters shot Mr Chhatrapati outward his home.
Less than a month later, Mr Chhatrapati died – though a minute published in Poora Sach had already sparked a vital review into abuse during a sect.
Anshul, who was 21 when his father died, took over a using of a newspaper, and pushed for rape and murder charges to be brought opposite Ram Rahim Singh.
“My father sacrificed his life for truth,” he pronounced in a 2017 interview. “I could not have let his scapegoat go waste.”