28/08/2017 5:20 PM IST | Updated 28/08/2017 5:40 PM IST

A Weeping Gurmeet Singh Begged For Mercy, Had To Be Dragged Out Of Court: Report

High drama.

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The head of the India-based socio-spiritual organisation Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

According to several reports from the Rohtak jail, where rapist Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is lodged, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief broke down and begged for mercy as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court judge Jagdeep Singh read out his verdict, sentencing him to 10 years in jail for the rape and criminal intimidation of two women.

At the library of the District Jail in Sunaria near Rohtak in Haryana, the defence counsel argued that Singh had several charitable institutions and had health issues. It was then that Singh broke down and pleaded with folded hands, IANS reported.

He sat down on the floor and wept and had to be taken away by jail wardens. News18 reported that he even requested that his blood pressure be checked, which was done, and he was found to be fine.

There were shoot-at-sight orders around the District Jail at Sunaria after violence on Friday that killed scores of people after the self-styled godman was convicted.