Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today said police should not come under any pressure while conducting its probe into allegations of sexual assault against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu and strict action will be taken based on the outcome of the probe.
Gehlot, who met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, said he briefed Shinde on the probe in the sexual assault case.
"Let me reiterate that police should not come under any pressure while conducting its investigation and it will not happen. Strict action will be taken based on the outcome of the probe," he told reporters when asked when Asaram would be arrested.
Asaram Bapu is facing the charge of sexually assaulting a minor and a complaint has been lodged against him in Jodhpur.
"I have already said no one is above law and law should take its own course," Gehlot said, adding, a police team has gone to Indore in connection with the investigation and summons have been served against the godman.
The Chief Minister, however, said seers and saints should stay away from controversies as they are revered and respected in society and are connected with religious beliefs.
"Saints should maintain sanctity in society so that there is no scope of raising finger of accusations against them. They are revered and respected and are connected with religious beliefs," he said.
Gehlot accused BJP of adopting double standard on the case, saying it is defending Asaram today even though it was the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat which had raided his premises first.