Judge Jagdeep Singh of the Panchkula CBI special court, who sentenced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ‘Insan’ to 20 years in prison after his conviction in a 2002 rape case, has proved himself to be a man of steel.
He joined the Haryana judicial services in 2012 and was posted at Sonepat. The CBI court posting, which is generally given after a lot of checks by the high court administration, is his second posting.
Even though the situation in Panchkula on August 25 was dangerously tense with more than two lakh people camping in the city and several companies of security forces conducting flag marches, judge Jagdeep Singh displayed no sign of fear as he walked into his court on Friday.
Soon after, Singh convicted Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a 15-year-old rape case, filed by two of his women followers.
Singh is described in legal circles as a “very competent, tough and upright judge with a no-nonsense attitude”.
Jagdeep Singh who hails from Haryana has practiced as both civil and criminal lawyer in the Punjab and Haryana high court after graduating from Panjab University in 2002.
In September 2016, he was in the news for helping some injured people in a road accident whom he had met while traveling from Hisar to Panchkula. He personally took the injured to a hospital in Jind.
While tending the injured, Jagdeep called the emergency number seeking assistance. When the operator told him that the ambulance may not be available soon, he stopped vehicle passing by and took the injured to the hospital.
How many judges have such sterling qualities?