was killed after his sister was raped'
Gurmeet Singh’s former driver, Khatta Singh, spills the sordid beans
on Tehelka’s spycam
Singh speaking on hidden camera
– How long were you working for the Baba?
Khatta Singh – I was his driver for almost 8-10 years.
You must be aware of the murder of Ranjit Singh?
Yes. There have been so many murders. I can give you a complete
list. How many will you write about?
You were at the Dera at the time?
Yes, I was at the Dera only.
Everyone talks about Ranjit’s murder but there
is no proof.
So many witnesses are there. You give me some assurance and I
will provide you witnesses. I am not afraid.
Why did they get Ranjit murdered?
Ranjit’s sister was raped. She told him about it. The Baba
feared that Ranjit might file a case. The CBI was investigating
the Baba at the time. They got afraid. Ranjit had stopped coming
to the Dera. Initially they thought that they would send some
people to Ranjit’s place and convince him to come back.
But Ranjit refused. They thought if Ranjit is not coming to the
Dera, he could be considering going against them. Ranjit’s
sister was not married at the time. These people feared that if
her medical examination was done, everything would be exposed.
Hence it was decided to get Ranjit killed.
Have you just heard about these murders or do you
have a first-hand account?
I have seen it all with my own eyes.
Give us an example.
There was this manager Fakir Chand. He was with Baba Satnam, the
previous Dera chief, for almost 30 years. After Gurmeet Singh
took over, Fakir Chand was at the Dera for about one-and-a-half
Were you the Baba’s driver when Fakir Chand
was at the Dera?
I was not the Baba’s driver at that time. But I used to
visit the Dera every day from my home.
Why was Fakir Chand murdered?
The first reason had to do with financial matters. The second
was that Gurmeet Singh feared that people might start worshipping
Fakir Chand once Baba Satnam was dead.
What proof do you have of Fakir Chand’s murder?
I can tell you the names of his killers. What more proof do you
Who were these people?
The ex-driver of the Baba, Govind, and Baldev Singh Bahedi, Sukhdev
Singh Bawana and another man named Resham. Sukhdev Singh himself
told me this. At Kurukshetra, there was a programme organised
by the Dera. I was called by the Baba at about 8-10pm. He asked
me if I knew anything. When I replied in the negative, he told
me that Fakir Chand had been killed in such and such manner.
The Baba himself told you this?
Yes, the Baba told this to me. After that, Sukhdev Singh narrated
the whole story — that they were four people, and that they
threw Fakir Chand in the river.
Why was Chhatrapati killed?
The CBI investigation was going on at the time. The Baba’s
men were preparing affidavits to say that the allegations were
baseless. A tehsildar had gone to the girls’ hostel for
the same purpose. Chhatrapati wrote a story about this in the
newspaper. When the Baba saw it he was enraged. In a fury he asked
his henchmen if they were going to do something about it.
There are reports that the Baba has a large number of weapons?
He had a large number of weapons, there is no doubt about it.
Licenced or without licence?
Both. They have everything. For the murder of Ranjit they used
a revolver of a Punjab Police constable. When the job was done,
they returned the revolver.
You told us there are some people who have been castrated.
Yes, this has happened. You should raise this issue more than
How many such people are there in the Dera?
There are at least 150-200 such people.
You say seven murders have been committed. How many
rapes do you know of?
Rape? I doubt if there is any girl left in the Dera who has not
11 , 2007
Expose: Operation Jhootha Saudha
Etmad A. Khan and Anurag
Tripathi uncover a cesspool of crime at the Dera Sacha
Sauda. Its chief, Baba Gurmeet Singh, is now charged with murder and
Singh was killed after his sister was raped’
Baba Gurmeet Singh’s former driver, Khatta Singh, spills the
sordid beans on Tehelka’s spycam
the Tehelka Archives:
provoked by the Dera Sacha Sauda was carefully timed. Sikh hardliners
have seized their opportunity, reports Vikram
vice at the seat of virtue
Singh came to be the current Dera head with a Khalistan leader’s
help and has amassed a fortune ever since
Court says CBI hushing up Dera cases
CBI finds itself under pressure for filing chargesheets against the
Dera in cases of murder and sexual abuse
a woman devotee’s complaint of sexual exploitation by Baba Gurmeet
Singh prompted a CBI inquiry into the charges