The special CBI court Judge Jagdeep Singh had convicted all four accused including self-styled godman and Dera Chief Ram Rahim in the case pertaining to the murder of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
Besides Ram Rahim, three other accused are Kuldeep Singh, Krishna Lal and Nirmal Singh.
However, the quantum of sentence in the case is to be pronounced on January 17, 2019.
Earlier, the Court directed the jail superintendent to ensure Dera Chief's presence in Panchkula on January 11.
The Court has convicted Ram Rahim under sections of 302 and 120(b) of IPC. He is currently serving a 20-year prison term for raping his woman disciple and is lodged in Rohtak's Sunaria Jail.
The case pertains to Chhatrapati, who was shot at by Kuldeep Singh and Nirmal Singh in October 2002 using a .32 bore revolver, when his newspaper, ‘Poora Sach’, had published news about an anonymous letter regarding women's sexual exploitation by Gurmeet Ram Rahim at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa. The Journalist later succumbed to injuries.
The case for the same was registered in 2003, which was handed over to the CBI in 2006.
Since morning Panchkula court premises was restricted for entry of commoners in the wake of security arrangements and citing the same around 3000 cops were deployed across Malwa region of Punjab to maintain law and order and to deal with any untoward situation.
The situation was anticipated because earlier 44 persons had died, including 36 in Panchkula, and hundred's were injured during the violence that erupted following Ram Rahim's conviction in a rape case on August 25, 2017.