Commission orders Asaram Bapu to appear on May 9

Ahmedabad: The Justice DK Trivedi Inquiry Commission probing the deaths of two teenage boys in 2008, on Friday ordered religious leader Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai to appear before it on May 9.

On March 25, Commission had asked lawyers of Asaram and Narayan Sai to inform it on April 8 as to when the duo would appear before it.

Bapu's lawyer, BM Gupta on Friday appeared and said that Bapu yesterday told him that when all the pending cases in Supreme Court and High Court get over, he would think of appearing before Commission.

"The Commission, in a strongly worded order, rejected Bapu's contention," the lawyer representing parents of the deceased boys, SH Iyer said.

"The Commission has ordered Asaram Bapu and his son to appear before it on May 9," he said.

Summons were issued to Bapu and his son under the Commission of Inquiry Act on March 21 in connection with deaths of two teenaged boys, Dipesh and Abhishek Waghela, who were studying in the 'Gurukul' run by Asaram Bapu's Ashram in in Motera area.