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Self-styled 'godman' Rampal sent to judicial custody, next hearing on November 28

Nov 20, 2014 03:07 PM IST India India
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Chandigarh: Controversial self-styled 'godman' Rampal will remain in judicial custody till November 28 when the Punjab and Haryana High Court will take up the contempt of court case for hearing.

The court has asked police for a detailed report on the Hisar operation, including details of casualties, injured and arms recovered from the Satlok ashram, where high drama was witnessed for three days before Rampal's arrest.

Rampal, whose bail in the 2006 murder case was cancelled earlier in the day, was produced before the court at 2 PM amidst high security.

Rampal has been charged under serious sections including arson, rioting and waging war against the state. He has denied all charges.

Rampal said, "All charges against me are baseless. All charges against me are false and fabricated."

Rampal's lawyer S K Garg Narvana said, "False charges are being levelled against Rampal. He had been kept captive at ashram by his followers."

Rampal was arrested on Wednesday night after three days of continuous stand-off between Rampal's supporters and the police. Over 400 people were arrested and 15,000 others were evacuated from the ashram.

Rampal, who faces contempt of court, murder and attempt to murder cases in various courts, has skipped hearings 42 times. An arrest warrant was issued when he failed to heed court summons last week.