Ashram deaths: SC rejects CBI probe against Asaram Bapu
New Delhi: Giving a big relief to spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to allow a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) into the mysterious deaths of two minors in 2008 within the premises of his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.
Earlier on August 30, the Gujarat CID chargesheeted seven office-bearers of Asaram Bapu's Ahmedabad ashram for their alleged role in mysterious deaths.
The chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch named seven sadhaks – Uday Sangani, Pankaj Saxena, Yogesh Bhati, Ajay Shah, Kaushik Vani, Vikas Khemaka and Minketan Patra — whose role in the case was investigated by the crime branch.
Abhishek Vaghela (11) and his cousin Dipesh Vaghela (10) went missing from a residential school of the Asaram Bapu's Motrea Ashram in Ahmedabad in April 2008.
Their decomposed bodies were later found from the banks of Sabarmati River near the Ashram.
The case was handed over to CID in 2008 following a public outcry over the issue, and after a year a case of culpable homicide was filed against seven sadhaks of the Ashram.