A spokesman for the Central Bureau of Investigation, which investigated the case, said late on Monday that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh would serve two consecutive 10-year-terms for the two rape convictions.
Indian authorities have arrested hundreds of people and cancelled more than 300 trains passing through two northern states after at least 30 people were killed in violent protests following the conviction of a self-styled 'godman'.
Supporters of the 'godman' rampaged in response, attacking railway stations, petrol stations and television vans in towns across the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, witnesses said.
Tens of thousands of supporters of a controversial Indian guru marched on Thursday on a city where he is standing trial for rape, alarming state authorities who redoubled security and suspended mobile internet services.
India's top court ordered authorities in northern Punjab state Thursday to share river water supplies with a neighbouring state, triggering a spate of resignations by angry lawmakers.
Leaders of a rural Indian caste reached a deal to end protests that paralysed Haryana state and cut water supplies to Delhi's 20mn residents, after winning a pledge of more government jobs.
Fresh rioting and arson erupted in a north Indian state in caste protests that have left at least 12 people dead, and New Delhi faced a water crisis after mobs shut down a key supply.
Indian authorities imposed a curfew and issued shoot-on-sight orders in a northern state neighbouring New Delhi Saturday, after spreading caste protests left at least one person dead ...