A Jodhpur police team on Tuesday served summons to self-styled godman Asaram Bapu at his ashram on Khandwa Road, Indore, in the case of alleged sexual abuse of a minor. The team had to wait as many as eight hours for the 72-year-old.
Sub-inspector Bhanwar Singh and constable Surendra Singh of Jodhpur police went to the ashram to deliver the summons to Asaram, asking him to appear before Jodhpur police for questioning by August 30 in the case, Bhawar Kuan police sources said.
The team, which reached his ashram on the outskirts of Indore at 8 am, had to wait for eight hours after being told by ashram functionaries that Asaram was meditating and could not be disturbed.
“We have served the notice to Asaram for appearing before the police in the matter,” PSI Bhanwar Singh said. Asaram has assured the police that he would cooperate with them, he said.
The team was initially met with protest by Asaram’s disciples who alleged that he was wrongly accused of rape and it was part of a controversy to malign his image.
On Monday, Jodhpur police had delivered summons to Asaram’s ashram at Motera, Ahmedabad, in connection with the allegation of sexual abuse levelled against him by the 16-year-old girl. Meanwhile, Jodhpur police also sought a look-out notice for Asaram Bapu to prevent him from fleeing the country.
“We have issued a request letter to joint director immigration (Bureau of Immigration, Delhi) seeking a look-out notice against Asaram,” DCP Ajay Lamba said in Jodhpur.