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Asaram Bapu not appearing before police today, says son

Last Updated: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 13:15

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s son Narain Sai said that his father has no plans to appear before Jodhpur police for questioning over charges of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl on Friday.

Sai’s statement comes after DCP Ajay Lamba today said that no further extension will be given to Asarm Bapu to appear before the police for interrogation.

If the controversial godman fails to appear before police today, he is most likely to be arrested by the Jodhpur police.

The controversial godman was, Tuesday, served notice at his ashram in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, asking him to appear before police in Jodhpur for questioning before or on Aug 30.

The self-styled godman, citing prior engagements till Aug 31, had sought more time to appear before police. However, the police had rejected his demands.

The girl, who is 16 years of age and from Uttar Pradesh, had made a complaint at a police station in the national capital on August 20, accusing Asaram Bapu of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur.

Earlier, Asaram’s son had defended his father in the sexual assault case, and had called the victim `mentally unstable`.

Asaram (72), 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.

First Published: Friday, August 30, 2013 - 13:14
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