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Haryana court acquits godman Rampal in 2 cases; pending judgment in murder case keeps him jail-bound
A Hissar court has found self-styled godman Rampal, 67, not guilty in 2 criminal cases related to obstruction in the discharge of official duty and wrongful confinement.

However, the judgment on the murder and sedition cases against Rampal is yet to be delivered.

The court on Tuesday acquitted Rampal citing lack of evidence in two criminal cases against him. However, he will remain in jail because of the other cases pending against him.

The court found him not guilty of illegally confining thousands of followers and obstructing officials when they had arrived at his 12-acre ashram in 2014 to arrest him.

Rampal's lawyer AP Singh called the court's verdict a 'victory for truth' whose client ran the Satlok Ashram in Barwala in Haryana.

It may be recalled that Rampal was arrested after putting up a resistance along with his supporters leading to six deaths. With great difficulty, around 15,000 of his followers were evacuated from his ashram in 2014 after days-long seige.

It was in 2006 that Rampal had criticised Arya Samaj resulting into violent clashes in which an Arya Samaj follower was killed. Then too, Rampal was charged with murder, and arrested. After spending several months in jail, he was released on bail in 2008.

Rampal is married to Naro Devi. They have two sons and two daughters. The family lived in the Barwala ashram until his arrest in 2014.

In November 2014, after he failed to appear in the court even after over40 court summons served to him, the court ordered his arrest. He resisted arrest with the help of thousands of followers for a few days. He was finally arrested on 19 November 2014 and jailed.

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