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September 1, 2008

HC rejects Narayan Sai’s bail plea

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HC rejects Narayan Sai’s bail plea

Indore, Aug 29: In an important judgement, the Madhya Pradesh High Court (Indore bench) here on Friday rejected a transit bail petition of Narayan Sai, the son of spiritual guru Asaram Bapu in connection with the deaths of two students of a school run by the Asaram Bapu Trust in Ahmedabad.Fearing his arrest by the Gujarat police in connection with the above-mentioned case, Narayan Sai had filed a transit bail petition in the Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on August 13 this monthafter a 20-member strong team of the Gujarat CID went to Asaram Bapu’s Ashram in Ahmedabad to search him. The CID team had apparently went to the Ashram to probe whether the reports on occult practices being carried out at the premises were correct or not.The Madhya Pradesh High Court taking cognizance of his petition, reserved its judgement and served a notice on the Gujarat police asking it to give a reply whether any criminal case had been registered against Narayan Sai in connection with the above-mentioned case. Sai for the past sometime had been on the `run’ for various `controversies’ surrounding him and his spiritual father Asaram Bapu after report of deaths of two Asaram Ashram’s inmates in Ahmedabad and other charges leveled against the father-son duo.Subsequent to the High Court order, Gujarat police filed its reply before the apex court maintaining that so far they had not registered any criminal case against Sai and as such investigation against him was still continuing.

Following reply of Gujarat police, the single bench court of justice W A Shah of the Madhya Pradesh High Court Indore bench here on Friday rejected the transit bail petition of Narayan Sai on the plea that he did not face any threat of his being arrested by Gujarat police. On the occasion, Sai along with his counsel, C K Saxena was also present.

The CID had sent summons to Narayan Sai in Ahmedabad following frequent reports appearing in local dailies alleging the later’s involvement in tantrik (occult) activities, though there had been no evidence connecting him to the deaths. In its summons, the CID had given two days time to Sai directing him to report before the CID for questioning in connection with the mystery deaths of two students of Asaram Gurukul. However, Sai did not turn up before the CID.

Since then, the CID had been a hunt to trace him and record his version. It was only recently that a team of CID officials from Ahmedabad visited Indore and recorded the statement of Narayan Sai, claimed his counsel C K Saxena.

The two children went missing from the gurukul under mysterious circumstances in July. The bodies of these children identified as Dipesh Praful Vaghela (10) and Abhishek Shantilal Vaghela (11), were later found from the Sabarmati riverbed near the Asaram’s ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city on July 6. The deaths led to violent protests in Ahmedabad. The outrage against Asaram Bapu and his Ashram got a further boost after deaths of two more children of Asaram’s Ashram, were reported from Chindwara in Madhya Pradesh

Krishna K Jha

http://www.centralchronicle.com/20080830/3008002.htm

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