More than , followers of DSS had gathered at Panchkula, where the hearing was taking place, and a few other places. The devotees are asked to practice alcohol abstinence, vegetarianism, marital fidelity, and truth. The current leader, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh , who himself claims to have more than 60 million followers worldwide,  is a controversial figure in India and was accused of murder and convicted of rape. NGO Non-profit social welfare and spiritual organisation. Archived from the original on 24 September The orthodox Sikhs alleged that he had impersonated their Guru Gobind Singh , thus insulting their faith. It had 38 ashram s, most of them in northern India. Dera Sacha Sauda is the only among the various Dera s, which openly asks its supporters to vote for particular political parties. Instead, it supported particular candidates from both Akali Dal and Congress.