Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Asaram Bapu Scandal : Third witness in rape case missing from Lucknow

LUCKNOW: With two witness in the rape cases scandal related to ‘ Godman ” Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai killed in Uttar Pradesh in the past, now the third key witness in the case Rahul Sachan, has been missing from the state capital under mysterious circumstances since November 26.

The two police constables Lucknow Police had deputed for his security lodged a complaint in this regard at Thakurganj police station yesterday, nearly a month after the youth disappeared.

Sachan is a witness in two cases filed against Asaram in Jodhpur and Ahmedabad and another case against Narayan Sai in Surat.

In the past, too, several witnesses have either been attacked or killed. Nine witnesses have been attacked so far and three of them have died.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajesh Kumar Pandey said here today that a probe has been ordered in this connection.

Circle Officer, Police Lines, Pratap Gopendra Yadav has been asked to probe the matter and he would also verify security personnel statement, in which he claimed he had left Sachan at Qaiserbagh bus station.

The SSP said that security personnel had claimed that Sachan had developed a habit of leaving for undisclosed locations for a few days without intimating him. He would call once he returned. But this time he did not return and his cellphone too remained switched off.

A resident of Kanpur, Sachan was living on rent in Lucknows Thakurganj area since October last. Mohammad Arif, his landlord, Sachan had told me that he is a doctor practising Ayurvedic medicine. He used to live alone. He has not returned here since November 25 and his portion of the house is locked.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

No bail for Asaram Bapu, court rejects plea for the third time

Jodhpur:  Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's bail plea was today again rejected by a court in Jodhpur in the case of alleged sexual assault of a minor girl.

The District and Sessions Court while denying relief to 72-year-old Asaram, who is in jail since September, took into account the "serious" allegations against him and the order of the high court for holding day-to-day proceedings in the case.

"Besides this, the court also observed that that was no change in circumstances since the previous applications of bail were rejected in the lower court and then in the high court," counsel for the victim girl Manish Vyas told reporters in Jodhpur.

This was Asaram's third bail plea and the first after filing of charge-sheet.

Asaram's lawyers had, instead of moving bail application in Supreme Court, decided to wait till filing of the chargesheet since the main argument of the prosecution while objecting to grant of bail earlier was that the investigation was pending and police had not filed the charge-sheet.

"We objected to the bail stating that he may affect the investigation by influencing witnesses," said prosecution counsel Pradhyumn Singh.

The court will tomorrow pronounce its order on hearing of the case through video conferencing from jail. It had completed the hearing on the application and kept the decision reserved for Wednesday.

Friday, 11 October 2013


There is no respite for 75-year-old Asaram Bapu who has been left to struggle in jail at least till Oct 25. A court in Jodhpur on Friday, Oct 11 extended judicial custody of the self-styled godman who was arrested in connection with a sexual assault case. The septuagenarian was arrested from his ashram in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram near Jodhpur, Rajsthan on Aug 15. Meanwhile, more rape charges have been hurled against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai. Two sisters from Gujarat filed legal case against the duo accusing them of raping them for many years. It also has been reported that Asaram's wife Lakshmi and daughter Bharti used help the duo in taking advantage of the girls. Narayan Sai along with his mother and sister has gone missing since a look out notice has been issued against them. However, an ad has appeared on a Gujarati newspaper which apparently was released by Sai who overruled reports of him going underground.The ad, that was released on Thursday, say that he is innocent and that he was not absconding in order to avoid being arrested on the charges of rape. Narayan Sai along with his mother and sister has gone missing Inspite of the Gujarat police sending summons for Sai to their ashrams and forming six separate teams to hunt him down, Sai has been untraceable. Initially there were reports that he may be escaping to Nepal, however those reports have not been confirmed. The police had issued lookout notices for Sai fearing that he may flee the country.
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court extended the guru's judicial custody to October 25.

Spiritual leader Asaram Bapu, who has been jailed over charges of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl in one of his ashrams, will stay in prison for now.

A court in Rajasthan today extended the guru's judicial custody to October 25. 

The 75-year-old, who teaches yoga and meditation and has 400 ashrams across India, has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenager he had allegedly called on August 15 for an "exorcism ritual." The 15-year-old girl has also accused the godman of threatening to kill her and her family if she reported him.

He has denied the charges, but the police claim they have evidence against him.

Asaram Bapu is now trying to fight fresh charges of rape against him and his son Narayan Sai, 41, filed by two sisters from Surat, Gujarat.

On Thursday, the father-son duo filed petitions asking the Gujarat High Court to cancel the rape complaints. The sisters have accused Asaram Bapu and his son of raping them between 2002 and 2004. They said they were inspired by the schoolgirl to come forward and report their story.

Narayan Sai yesterday issued advertisements in local dailies in Surat claiming innocence and alleging that he was being framed in the case. He also claims he is not absconding.

The police in Gujarat have sent summons for Narayan Sai to different ashrams run by his father in the state, but has been unable to locate him despite a hunt by six teams.


Asaram Bapu is in gujrat police custody for interrogation in connection with a sexual assault case

JODHPUR: A court here today allowedGujarat police custody of self-styled godmanAsaram Bapu for interrogation in connection with a sexual assault case lodged by two Surat-based sisters against him and his son.

"The court permitted the Gujarat police to take him with them for interrogation," Manish Vyas, counsel for the victims, said. 

Extending the judicial custody of 72-year-old Asaram and other four co-accused for additional 14 days, the District and Session court directed the Jodhpur Central Jail to ensure they appear in court on October 25. 

Armed with a production warrant issued by a Gandhinagar court, a Gujarat police team had yesterday moved the Jodhpur court seeking permission to take Asaram with them for interrogation. 

All of them were produced in the court this morning as their judicial custody expired today. 

"The judge Manoj Kumar Vyas extended the judicial custody of Asaram and other co-accused including Shilpi, Shiva, Prakash and Sharad Chandra till October 25," Vyas said. 

Surat Police had registered the two complaints -one against Asaram and another against son Narayan Sai- of rape, sexual assault, illegal confinement and other charges. 

Asaram was arrested in August on charges of sexually assaulting a minor girl and has been lodged in the Jodhpur Central Jail since last 40 days. His bail applications have been rejected by both the District and Session Court and the High Court.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Mosquitoes give Asaram sleepless nights in jail

The 72-year-old is currently lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail after a court remanded him to 14-days’ judicial custody in connection with the alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl at his ashram near Jodhpur.

Sources said that Asaram was kept in a separate room instead of the barrack, and mosquitoes troubled him a lot in the night. “Asaram Bapu slept on a chatai (mat) in the room. He sprinkled Gangajal (holy water) in the room to purify the surroundings. A few prisoners looked after his needs,”the sources said.

Asaram was given milk and dry fruits. When he refused to take the food provided to ordinary prisoners, dalia (porridge) was cooked for him, the sources added. Jail authorities, however, denied that Asaram was being given any special treatment. “He is being kept as any ordinary prisoner and no special treatment has been given to him,” jail officials said.