A CBI special court on Saturday will hear two murder cases against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
Ram Rahim Singh,50, will appear before the court through video conferencing from the Rohtak jail where is lodged after being sentenced to 20 years in prison in two rape cases.
The CBI court is hearing the cases of murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh.
In Panchkula security arrangements were tightened ahead of the hearing.
Sirsa-based journalist Chhatrapati was shot in October 2002 after the evening newspaper ‘Poora Sach’, owned by him, published an anonymous letter narrating how women were allegedly being sexually exploited by the sect head at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. He died later.
The second case relates to the murder of former Dera manager Ranjit Singh who was allegedly shot dead in 2002.
He was murdered for his suspected role in the circulation of the anonymous letter, which had made the sexual exploitation allegations, according to the prosecution.