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September 11, 2008

Narayan Sai fails to turn up for questioning

AHMEDABAD: Narayan Sai, son of Asaram Bapu, did not turn up before CID (crime) officials on Tuesday. He had been given two days to report before the CID for questioning in connection with the mystery deaths of two students of Asaram Gurukul – Dipesh and Abhishek Vaghela.

CID officials also confessed that they did not have any idea of probable location of Narayan. According to CID (crime) officials , Narayan could not be contacted on Tuesday when the officials tried the phone numbers of his ashram and even some of his devotees.

“The next action will soon be devised on the basis of the reply we have got. Sai has failed to turn up, worsening the case for himself. It was supposed to be a routine questioning, as he had been in touch with Asaram Gurukul in Motera,” said a CID official.

The officials also said that Sai does not have any charges against him but they wanted to confirm his role in the episode following media reports . Sai was called upon for a routine check.

Narayan Sai has a separate ashram in Gambhoi in Sabarkantha. He also visits Asaram various ashrams across the country.

Various people have claimed to have provided investigating officials enough proof against the father-son duo.

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Gujarat HC asks police to file FIRs against Asaram followers

Ahmedabad, Aug 26: Gujarat High Court on Tuesday asked the police to file FIRs against the Asaram Bapu’s followers who had attacked media persons and people during the July 18 shutdown here over mysterious deaths of two boys of a school run by the asram of the spiritual leader.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by NGO Jan Sangarsh Manch last week asking for setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the attacks on mediapersons and people living near the Asaram Bapu ashram here by supporters of the religious guru last month.

A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice M S Shah and Justice D H Waghela ordered the police to file FIRs against Asaram’s ‘sadhaks’ (followers) and take appropriate action.

The court also said the NGO, which claims to have a list of people attacked by the sadhaks, will provide the names to the police for investigation in the case.

The PIL has also sought compensation from the state government for the people injured in the attacks.

Violence was reported in the city during a bandh called to protest the death of Abhishek and Dipesh Vaghela who were students of a school run by the ashram.

Their decomposed bodies were found from the bank of river Sabarmati near here on July 5, two days after they were reported missing.

State CID (Crime) has not been able to solve the mystery behind the death of the boys.

Bureau Report

http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=464626&sid=REG

Asaram Ashram asked to vacate land in Surat

The 34,000 sqare metre land was encroached by authorities of Asaram Ashram Trust in 1995Ahmedabad: Gujarat High Court on Friday rejected the appeal of Asaram Bapu Trust in Surat against the single judge bench order, and directed it to vacate the land in Jahangirpura area of the city and return it to its original owners.

A division bench of Justices R M Doshit and S D Dave rejected the appeal of the Trust against the order of single- judge bench of Justice M R Shah passed in 2006.

The land in Jahagirpura belonged to some farmers. It was acquired under the provisions of Land Acquisition Act by the state government for public use.

The 34,000 sq mt land was encroached by authorities of Asaram Ashram Trust in 1995. The state government later passed an order regularising the encroachment in January 1997.

Angered over this, Anil Vyas, one of the farmers whose land was acquired by the state government and later transfered it to the Trust, approached the Gujarat High Court and challenged the government’s decision.

Adv Nimish Kapadia, appearing on behalf of Vyas had contended that this land was acquired by state government for public use and not to be given to any organisation for private use. He said no consent was taken from Vyas or other farmers before transferring the land to the Trust.

The court after hearing the arguments from Vyas’s and government’s side had decided in favour of Vyas and has ordered Ashram Trust to vacate the land.

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http://news.in.msn.com/national/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1656865

Asaram Bapu’s son booked for forgery

MUMBAI: The Virar police have registered a case against Narayan Sai, the son of spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, on Friday, for forgery and criminal intimidation.

At present, 35-year-old Narayan lives at Sabarmati in Gujarat. No arrests have been made so far.

The case is three years old. The complainant, Mahendra Chawla, is an insurance advisor. He used to live at Asaram Bapu’s ashram in Virar between May 1998 and August 2005.

Chawla told the police that in July 2005, he along with other inmates had objected to Narayan’s activities at the ashram. Consequently, Narayan had allegedly forced him to sign on five blank documents.

“After receiving threats, I decided to leave the ashram,” Chawla told TOI. But when asked why it took him three years to file an FIR, Chawla could not come up with an answer.

The FIR also includes the names of two other men Kaushalya Thakur and Rajendra Singh who work with Narayan. Sections 323, 465, 468, 504, 506, 507 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code have been applied to him for forgery and criminal intimidation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mumbai/Asaram_Bapus_son_booked_for_forgery/articleshow/3382495.cms

Asaram Bapu’s son booked for forgery

MUMBAI: The Virar police have registered a case against Narayan Sai, the son of spiritual guru Asaram Bapu, on Friday, for forgery and criminal intimidation.

At present, 35-year-old Narayan lives at Sabarmati in Gujarat. No arrests have been made so far.

The case is three years old. The complainant, Mahendra Chawla, is an insurance advisor. He used to live at Asaram Bapu’s ashram in Virar between May 1998 and August 2005.

Chawla told the police that in July 2005, he along with other inmates had objected to Narayan’s activities at the ashram. Consequently, Narayan had allegedly forced him to sign on five blank documents.

“After receiving threats, I decided to leave the ashram,” Chawla told TOI. But when asked why it took him three years to file an FIR, Chawla could not come up with an answer.

The FIR also includes the names of two other men Kaushalya Thakur and Rajendra Singh who work with Narayan. Sections 323, 465, 468, 504, 506, 507 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code have been applied to him for forgery and criminal intimidation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Mumbai/Asaram_Bapus_son_booked_for_forgery/articleshow/3382495.cms

CID seeks permission for narco test on Asaram Ashram inmates

Ahmedabad, August 23

The CID (Crime) has sought permission for a narco-analysis test on two ashram inmates in connection with the mysterious deaths of two minor boys at the Asaram Ashram-run gurukul in Ahmedabad in July.

The investigating agency moved the application today for a test on Pankaj Saxena, rector at the Asaram Ashram gurukul in Motera and Yogesh Bhati, a sadhak at the ashram, after failing to make much headway into the investigations.

The application was moved in the Metropolitan Court that has put the matter for hearing on August 22.

The mutilated bodies of Abhishek and Deepak Vaghela were found in the Sabarmati river bed on July 5, two days after they mysteriously disappeared from the ashram

September 2, 2008

Seize Asaram Bapu’s passport: Congress leader

Ahmedabad, Aug 9 (IANS) The passport of religious leader Asaram Bapu should be temporarily seized till the probe into the death of two children in a school run by his ashram here is completed, said Gujarat Congress vice president Ashok Punjabi.

With pressure mounting on Asaram Bapu, he may try to get away to a safe haven abroad. Punjabi told IANS Saturday.

‘We are calling for the case to be handed over to the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation). Four deaths have taken place in a short span,’ he said.

Dipesh Vaghela, 10, and his cousin Abhishek Vaghela, 11, were found dead on the riverbed near the ashram at Motera here July 4, and their parents suspect found play. Within a month two more children studying in Asaram Bapu’s ashram gurukuls in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh were found dead in unusual circumstances.

Punjabi also criticised the Gujarat police for not giving permission to the Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti, a group of organisations seeking thorough investigations, to hold a 72-hour protest at the Income Tax circle here.

‘We have taken this matter to high court and the hearing is on Monday,’ Punjabi said

http://www.sindhtoday.net/south-asia/10468.htm

September 1, 2008

Ahmedabad bandh against asaram ashram deaths

AHMEDABAD: Ahmedabad came to a standstill on Friday over the mysterious death of two boys at an ashram run by spiritual leader Asaram Bapu.

The Congress-backed bandh called by residents was marred by violence and attacks on journalists allegedly by supporters of Asaram Bapu.

Mobs, angry over the tardy pace of police probe into the deaths, torched vehicles and pelted stones at several places. The decomposed bodies of cousins Abhishek Vaghela (11) and Dipesh Vaghela (10) were found on July 6 on the banks of Sabarmati river near Sardar Patel stadium, about 2.5 km from Asaram Bapu Gurukul.

The boys, reported missing by the Ashram authorities a few days before their bodies were found, were enrolled in class V and VI.

On Friday, Asaram Bapu went to the house of Diptesh’s father Praful Vaghela but was barely there for three minutes before he was hounded out.

Vaghela, who has been observing ‘maun vrat’, or vow of silence, for the last four days to protest the deaths of his son and nephew, ordered that all the things the Bapu had touched be burnt. Even the mat he sat on was set ablaze.

Vaghela has alleged that the boys were killed and thrown into the river after some esoteric ritual at the ashram. Police are yet to search a cellar in the ashram which is guarded by white robed men.

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1178497

VP had almost solved Ayodhya imbroglio

VP had almost solved Ayodhya imbroglio
Kishore Kunal is known as much for his impeccable integrity as for streamlining the functioning of various temples in Bihar.

When he was in the IPS, the mere mention of his name used to send shivers down the criminals’ spine. A Gujarat cadre officer, who served in Bihar for more than 20 years in different capacities, right from Senior SP of Patna to IG, CISF, Kishore Kunal is known as much for his impeccable integrity as for streamlining the functioning of various temples in Bihar.

Having opted for VRS in 2001, Kunal, as chairman of the Bihar State Religious Trust Board, has today virtually turned Bihar temples into money-spinners. No wonder, a cancer hospital, an eye institute which is an extension of Shankar Netralaya of Chennai, and various schools are being run under the aegis of Mahavir Mandir Trust. And all this with the offerings from lakhs of devotees across the state.

The man, who has the rare distinction of having worked closely with three Prime Ministers, V P Singh, Chandra Shekhar and P V Narasimha Rao, took time off from his hectic schedule to talk exclusively with Abhay Kumar of Deccan Herald.

Kunal dwelt at length on various issues ranging from his stint as a member of Ayodhya cell in the PMO, as an OSD in MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs), besides his experience as a vice-chancellor of a Sanskrit university. Kunal also shed light on how he had tightened the noose around the much-revered Asharam Bapu who, he says, has usurped property worth Rs 2 crore in Patna. Excerpts:

Deccan Herald: Asharam Bapu is a widely respected man, and has a fan following across the globe. Why have you charged him with forgery?

Kishore Kunal: The irony is that the man who gives sermons to lakhs of people on various TV channels, is quite the opposite in real life. I know him since 1978 when I was the DCP of Ahmedabad. In Patna itself, he has forcibly occupied land and property worth Rs 2 crore in Kadamkuan area where his ashram runs in an “unlawful” manner. The 13-kattha land of his ashram actually belongs to Bhisma Das Thakurbari. We have served a second notice on him to vacate the premises. His response is awaited.

DH: There are many illegal things going on in various temples…

KK: (Interrupts) That is why I am here to check such malpractices. As chairman of the Bihar State Religious Trust Board, I have identified and punished various mahants who have been found to be womanisers or have embezzled temple funds worth crores.

DH: Your no-nonsense approach fetched you a posting in MHA and then PMO.

KK: True. I was asked to come over to Delhi in June 1990 and be a part of the team which was negotiating with the VHP and the Babri Masjid Action Committee for an amicable solution to the Ayodhya imbroglio.

DH: But those talks remained futile?

KK: V P Singh had almost solved the problem. I was privy to the strategy worked out in October 1990, but then Lalu’s order to arrest Advani in Bihar poured cold waters on our plan. I remember, Bukhari, too, expressed the desire that Advani’s arrest should be deferred as he genuinely wanted that VP should continue as PM till a solution was arrived at. But after Advani’s arrest, the BJP immediately pulled the rug.

DH: You were retained by the Chandra Shekhar regime to carry on the negotiations.

KK: Chandra Shekhar, contrary to the general perception, was quite focused and had his mind on this vexed issue. Tragically, two senior politicians who were also governors of two different states played the spoilsport. I won’t name them, as they are no more.

DH: Why then did Narasimha Rao opt for your services to broker peace between the VHP and Bukhari?

KK: It was Naresh Chandra in Rao’s team who had heard me talk tough when Vinod Chandra Pande was the Cabinet Secretary. I had rebuked two senior-most VHP members in MHA office when they told me “Hum Hindu Rashtra banane ki baat kar rahe hai, aur aap mandir banane ka formula bata rahe hai”.

DH: Then…

KK: My neutral stance stood me in good stead. This is precisely why the then Defence Minister Sharad Pawar, who was working as Rao’s pointsman to resolve Ayodhya tangle in November 1992 asked me to rush to his place. But after Kalyan Singh went back on his words, which he had pledged during the NIC meet and gave the karsevaks ample time to carry out their agenda, there was nothing much left to be done.

DH: Further talks on Ayodhya now?

KK: Unfortunately, the Vajpayee government never sought my services. So I was back in Bihar as DIG, CISF. However, I shifted to Gujarat in March 2000 and took VRS in May 2001 after serving there as ADG (Prisons).

DH: How come you were made a Vice-Chancellor in Lalu raj?

KK: This impression needs to be dispelled. Actually, I was appointed by Bihar Governor V C Pande, with whom I worked closely in Delhi when he was the Cabinet Secretary during VP’s regime. But I must admit that neither Rabri Devi nor her Education Minister ever interfered in my work.

DH: As chairman of the Bihar Religious Trust Board, you turned the Mahavir Mandir into a cash cow.

KK: This is just one example. From Rs 11,000 in 1987, this mandir has now shown a profit of Rs 3.4 crore. After meeting the expenses of religious rituals, I use the surplus fund for running hospitals and schools.

DH: With immense popularity, have you ever thought of entering Parliament as a Lok Sabha member?

KK: Since 1984 to 2004, I have received several such proposals. But I have always turned down the offer, as most of my ambitions have been fulfilled. The only wish unfulfilled is not having solved the Ayodhya imbroglio. That I will do some day.

http://deccanherald.com/deccanherald/dec172006/editpage19484820061216.asp

Ex-aide accuses Asaram Bapu’s son of forgery

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The Gaoshala at Virar; (inset) the way leading to the gaoshala

A former personal assistant of Narayan Sai, son of spiritual leader Asaram Bapu, has lodged a complaint with the Virar police, alleging that Sai forged his signature in a land deal in Virar in 2005. He further alleged that Sai has been threatening him to “keep quiet” or else his life would be in danger.

Mahendrasinh Chawla (30), a resident of Panipat in Haryana, worked as PA to Narayan Sai from January 2001 to August 2005. Due to the nature of his work, Sai took him to various places in India.

In February 2005, Sai visited Vasai for a discourse, and following the demand of devotees, decided to start a gaoshala (cowshed) in Kumbharpada, Virar, on a 10-acre plot.

According to Chawla, without his knowledge Sai allegedly forged his signature on the agreement papers to set up Shri Narayan Sai Trust to manage the gaoshala. But the gaoshala was on government land, and in July 2005 the Virar grampanchayat issued a demolition notice since the cowshed was illegal.

“It was then that I learnt my name was involved and that Sai had forged my signature,” said Chawla on phone from Panipat, where he now works as an insurance agent.

“When I confronted Sai about it, he told me to keep quiet,” said Chawla. “In August 2005 I quit my job and returned to Panipat,” he added.

Mahendrasinh Chawla, the complainant

“Before that, Sai had also sent me to learn black magic at a Ranchi temple, where a 75-year-old tantrik was supposed to train me.

“But the tantrik refused to teach me black magic as I was young (then 24),” said Chawla who is now 30.

“I am ready for a narco test and demand that Narayan Sai should also take the test,” Chawla alleged.

WHY NOW?

When asked why he decided to lodge a police complaint three year after the incident, Chawla said that after hearing of the four children who died in  Asaram Bapu’s ashrams in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, he decided to reveal ‘a different side of Narayan Sai’. Chawla claims that Sai has been threatening him all along, and that he received the last threatening call on July 30 this year. “I gathered courage and complained to the Virar police on August 15 against Narayan Sai and his cronies,” said Chawla. “My signatures were forged on the documents to make it appear as if I am a party to Narayan Sai’s working style,” said Chawla.

Efforts to contact Narayan Sai at his ashram at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad proved futile as this correspondent was told that Sai was on tour.

POLICE SPEAK

“We have registered Chawla’s complaint against Narayan Sai, Hanumant Thakur and Rajendra Singh (employees of the ashram who work under Sai) and are conducting investigations,” said senior inspector Pradip Mane of Virar police station. “We may send a team to Gujarat in this regard as the allegations are serious,” said Mane.

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?page=article&sectid=2&contentid=2008082020080820023728762bdf7f48f&pageno=1

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