Self Styled Godman Sant Shri Asaram Ji Bapu will Not Surrender before Any police
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu on Thursday suggested that Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul were behind the rape allegations that have been levelled against him.
Denying that he was being shielded by political parties, Asaram said he was ready to go to Jail if found guilty.
“I do not have any political support. Do not irritate me,”
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. PTISelf-styled godman Asaram Bapu. PTI
Asaram alleged that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi could be behind the ‘current situation’, saying he was told that it was at their (Gandhis) behest that the allegations were levelled against him.
“Log mujhe keh rahe hai ki Madam ke ishare par, suputra ke ishare par yeh sab kuch ho raha.”
When asked if he was directly blaming Gandhi for the attack, Asaram back-tracked saying no political party was involved.
The Congress, however, said it was hilarious to presume that Sonia and Rahul Gandhi were behind the allegations against the spiritual leader.
“It’s a baseless accusation. Asaram Bapu should apologize to Soniaji and to the nation as well,” Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.
Meanwhile, Jodhpur Police have refused to grant Asaram more time and have made it clear that he could be arrested if he failed to present himself for questioning by August 30.
A 17-year-old girl living in the Asaram Ashram has alleged that the spiritual leader Raped her. She reportedly told investigators that Asaram asked her to stay back after prayers at his Jodhpur ashram and then Sexually assaulted her.
The police maintain they have strong evidence against the godman.
Asaram Bapu has been booked under Sections 376, 342, 506 and 509 of the IPC, Section 8 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act.
Keeping the police waiting, self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who was summoned by Jodhpur Police to appear before it in a sexual assault case, on Friday did not surrender, with his son claiming that he was taken ill even as the Rajasthan Police decided to send a team to Madhya Pradesh to interrogate him.
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Asaram's son Narayan Sai claimed that his father had booked his tickets for a flight to New Delhi this morning but his health suddenly deteriorated because of which the air tickets had to be cancelled.
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On when Asaram plans to go to Jodhpur, he told reporters that it will all depend on the medical condition of his father.
"We will tell you when Bapu becomes fit enough to travel to Jodhpur (Rajasthan)," he said.
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Bapu does not believe in taking western medicines and will take only Ayurvedic treatment, Sai added.
In Jodhpur, DCP Ajay Lamba had said earlier in the day, "Asaram has no justifiable reason to skip the deadline. If he fails to come today, a team led by the investigation officer will leave for the place where Bapu is present for interrogating him."
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72-year-old Asaram had yesterday said that he would not seek more time to present himself before the Jodhpur police, which is probing into the allegations levelled by the minor girl and had summoned to appear before the Jodhpur police on or before August 30.
He had said that if he is sent to jail, he would begin a fast as he did not trust the food which would be served to him as "part of a conspiracy".
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