Asaram Bapu should present himself before police: Digvijay Singh

Asaram Bapu is accused of sexually molesting a 16-year-old girl.

Zee Media Bureau

Indore: As Asaram Bapu, who is accused of sexually molesting a 16-year-old girl, continues to evade summons, Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Tuesday said that the self-styled godman should present himself before the police.

The AICC general secretary today said that instead of running away, Asaram Bapu should present himself before the police, adding “onus of proving himself innocent lies on accused.”

Digvijay’s statement comes after political parties Communist Party of India (CPI) and JD(U) favoured strong action against Asaram Bapu.

Speaking to mediapersons, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, “What Asaram Bapu has done is inhuman, he must be hanged.”

Meanwhile, the controversial godman continues to evade summons issued by the Jodhpur Police and also issued a veiled threat, saying if he is arrested the public might lose control.

The Jodhpur Police today arrived at his Indore ashram to issue summons to him in connection with a sexual abuse case. Asaram, however, avoided receiving summons, with his supporters telling the police that the godman was meditating.

They told police that Asaram would receive the summons once he completes his meditation exercise.

He has been in Indore for the past few days after being accused of sexual abuse by a 16-year-old at his Jodhpur ashram.

As per the summon issued yesterday, 72-year-old Asaram has to appear before the Jodhpur Police for questioning within four days.

He 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.

Besides the summons served on Asaram Bapu, notices have also been issued to the manager of Chhindwara gurukul in Madhya Pradesh, hostel warden and the main caretaker of Asaram, who was present at Manai ashram in Jodhpur with him on August 15, when the alleged sexual assault took place there.

The girl was studying in Asaram`s Chhindwara gurukul before she was sent to Jodhpur ashram, police said.