New Delhi: The hearing for deciding the quantum of punishment to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, convicted in a rape case by a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Panchkula on Friday, will take place through video-conferencing on 28 August.

The judgment, holding Singh guilty of raping two female followers, mentions that the hearing will be held through video-conferencing, CBI officials said.

The quantum of sentence will be pronounced on 28 August, CBI counsel HPS Verma told reporters outside the court in Haryana.

The punishment can be a jail term not less than seven years but may even extend to life imprisonment.

At least 28 people were killed and more than 250 injured in the violence that left a trail of destruction and vandalism.

CBI judge Jagdeep Singh held the 50-year-old Dera Sacha Sauda chief guilty of rape in the case that was registered on the basis of an anonymous written complaint in 2002 that he had sexually exploited two female followers.

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