A Jodhpur sessions court on Saturday extended the judicial custody of Asaram Bapu till November 6, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor at his ashram here. Four accomplices of Asaram were also sent to judicial custody.
Earlier on Friday, the self-styled godman was produced before the Jodhpur sessions court, which extended his police custody for one more day till today. He was brought back to Jodhpur from Surat on Tuesday night.
Asaram Bapu was brought to Ahmedabad by the Gujarat Police to question him in connection with the sexual assault case filed against him and his son Narayan Sai by two sisters from Surat.
According to the FIR, Asaram raped the elder sister at Ahmedabad ashram and his son raped the younger one in Surat between 2002-04. Asaram, 72, was arrested on September 1 on allegations of sexual assault on a minor at his ashram in Jodhpur. Asaram 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.
Besides the summons served on Asaram Bapu, notices have also been issued to the manager of the Chhindwara gurukul in Madhya Pradesh, the hostel warden and the main caretaker of Asaram, who was present at Manai Ashram in Jodhpur on August 15, when the alleged sexual assault took place there.