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Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) judge Jagdeep Singh pronounced the quantum of sentence in the designated special court created in the library of the Sunaria Jail in Rohtak.

In 2007, he supported Congress, but in recent years, he has thrown his lot behind the BJP and in the run up to the 2014 Haryana state assembly elections, he issued a statement asking his followers to vote for the BJP.

The rape victims will get Rs14 lakh each as compensation from this amount. There was also heavy security outside the headquarters of Singh's spiritual cult, Dera Sacha Sauda, a 1,000-acre (400 hectare) compound in Sirsa town in Haryana.

In one of his most popular music videos, "Love Charger", Singh appears clad in a rhinestone-studded motorcycle vest with an embossed image of a lion on the back, while he sings before an adoring crowd.

He also stood trial for conspiracy over the murder of a journalist in 2002.

In a freakish accusation, a man has claimed that the guru forced him to get castrated to be "able to meet God". A total of 926 people were arrested, DGP said. "Any person found guilty of violating these orders would be liable to face legal action", Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Ram Niwas, said here. Security stepped up after violent protests by Dera followers in the state. Trains and buses were torched in Indian capital Delhi.

The Dera chief also pleaded for a lighter sentence, saying "mujhe maaf kardo" (please forgive me).

The rape conviction isn't the guru's only brush with the law.

Honeypreet's reason for staying with Ram Rahim in jail was that she was required as she is an acupressure expert and her leader was suffering from an acute migraine and backache.

During the arguments before the sentencing, the prosecution said no leniency should be shown and demanded the maximum sentence for Gurmeet Ram Rahim. The guru's lawyers, who asked for a lighter sentence in view of his "humanitarian" work, will also challenge the verdict. Following this, a second medical checkup was done. The prison has been transformed into a fortress, with journalists banned from approaching closer than a mile (1.6 km) and roads lined with barbed-wire barricades. All educational institutions, including government and private schools, colleges and other institutions in the entire state, will remain closed on Monday. However, local authorities said that thousands of followers were still inside the complex, which is like a mini-city with a huge stadium, educational institutions, factories, markets and hospitals inside.

Singh, known as the "guru of bling" on account of his flamboyant lifestyle, commands a vast and loyal support base throughout the region, and while no new clashes were reported over the weekend, security remains tight, with internet and SMS services shut down in parts of both Punjab and Haryana states until Tuesday.


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