Jodhpur Police investigating sexual assault charges against Asaram Bapu on Tuesday sought a lookout notice for him to prevent him from fleeing the country. Meanwhile, the controversial godman received the summons personally in Indore for questioning.
“If Asaram doesn’t appear by August 30, then an arrest warrant may be issued against him. We have issued a request letter to Joint Director-Immigration (in Bureau of Immigration in Delhi) seeking look-out notice against Asaram Bapu to ensure that he doesn’t leave the country,” said Ajay Lamba DCP, Jodhpur, West.
The development came on a day when the self-styled guru issued a veiled threat, saying he will give up food and water if he is forcibly arrested. The self-styled godman added that only public knows what it will do if he is arrested.
Earlier in the day a police team consisting of a sub-inspector and a few constables had to wait for 8-long-hours to deliver summon to Asaram Bapu at his Indore ashram located on the outskirts of the city on Khandwa Road.
The police team, which reached at 6 am on Tuesday was told that Asaram was meditating and could not be disturbed, hence, the summons could not be handed over to him before 4 pm.
“We have served the notice to Asaram for appearing before the police in the matter,” sub-inspector (SI) Bhanwar Singh told reporters outside the ashram in Indore. Asaram has given his assurance that he will cooperate with the police in the matter, he added.
Meanwhile, Asaram Bapu tried to project his innocence by introducing a girl as ‘friend of the victim’, who claimed that the victim had lodged the complaint under the influence of her parents. In a packed press conference at his ashram the girl told reporters that the victim did not wish to lodge the complaint, but was forced to do so. “I spoke to her (victim) over phone last night.
She said that she was under pressure from her parents for lodging the complaint (against Asharam Bapu),” the girl said. She claimed that she studied with the victim in the same school and had known her for the last four years.
On the other hand, a petition filed by Shankar Dayal against Asaram and his spokesperson Neelam Dubey, would be heard in Rajasthan High Court on Thursday. The petitioner states that both Asaram and his spokesperson have hurt religious sentiments of the devotees.