Bathinda: Nearly five years after registration of FIR against the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh here, the district police on Saturday moved an application for the cancellation of the FIR registered on a complaint of the head of a religious outfit.
The dera chief had been at loggerheads with the Sikh clergy for alleged hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs by wearing the robe similar to the one worn by Sikh guru Sri Govind Singh.
The district police produced an affidavit of Rajinder Singh Sidhu, President of Khalsa Diwan Gurudwara Singh Sabha, along with statements of a few persons requesting cancellation of the FIR registered in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Harjeet Singh.
The complainant had received the summons on February 1, 2012, but denied having given any affidavit seeking cancellation of the FIR. He said he wanted the 'challan' to be produced before the court.
Sidhu alleged the police action seeking withdrawal of the FIR was taken at the behest of the government which wanted the Dera followers’ votes in favour of ruling party.
The CJM had placed the case for hearing on February 11, 2012.
According to the complaint submitted by Sidhu on May 13, 2007, to the Senior Suprintendent of Police, publication of an advertisement in some daily newspapers showing the Dera Chief wearing the dress of Sikh guru Sri Guru Gobind Singh and imitating the guru in all acts.
“It was done in order to hurt the religious feelings of Sikhs," Sidhu had alleged.