I’ve been devastated by baseless allegations, says Honeypreet

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Tells a TV channel before her arrest that she firmly believes Gurmeet is innocent

Ahead of her arrest by the Haryana police on Tuesday, Honeypreet Insaan, adopted daughter of Sirsa-based Dera Sach Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, said that she was devastated by the baseless allegations that she incited violence and carried on an illicit relationship with the Dera chief.

Terming the allegations absolutely untrue, the 36-year-old told a news channel in an interview that she firmly believed Gurmeet Ram Rahim was innocent. “Was I present with the arsonists [during the mayhem in Panchkula on August 25]? How are they levelling such allegations?”
She spoke to AajTak news channel sitting inside a car at an undisclosed location, hours before her arrest on Tuesday.

“Every daughter remains with her father… I went with him. Have you heard me saying a word that could have instigated the people? I had gone there [the CBI court in Panchkula] in the hope that my father will return by the evening. But when he was declared guilty, I went into a depression. How could I think about anything else? I was totally devastated,” she said.

Ms. Honeypreet said she was not running away from the law and was still trying to come to terms with the sentencing of Ram Rahim. She said she was shocked when she was made an accused in the case relating to the violence.

Where had she been hiding after she left Rohtak, she was asked. “I went to Delhi. Now I will go to Punjab and Haryana high court.” She said she had “full faith” in the judiciary and was confident that she would get justice.

Responding to the allegations levelled by her ex-husband Vishwas Gupta about her relationship with Ram Rahim, Honeypreet said: “I cannot understand how anyone can point the finger at a relationship between a father and his daughter. What proof do these people have to level such allegations? Please do not believe these rumours.”

Meanwhile, Vishwas Gupta said Honeypreet’s interview to the television channel before her arrest was a stunt to gain sympathy. “I am happy she has been arrested, but I face a threat to my life. I could be killed for speaking against the Dera head.” He said he would approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court on October 4 to seek protection. Mr. Gupta married Ms. Honeypreet in 1999 and the couple filed for divorce in 2011.

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