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Asaram may be arrested. He has a weak defence: Cops

Rejecting his plea seeking more time to appear for questioning in a sexual assault case, Rajasthan Police yesterday said it will send a team to Bhopal to question self-styled godman Asaram Bapu.

Asaram Bapu

Police said they had a strong case against the godman, who faces charges that he molested a minor girl at his ashram.

“We are not going there (Bhopal) with an arrest warrant... We will question him... He may be arrested. He has a weak defence,” said DCP Ajay Lamba.

Asked if he will positively be arrested once the questioning ends, Lamba refused to elaborate.

The police said they got a fax from Asaram’s ashram in Bhopal seeking more time to appear before them in Jodhpur, stating that one of his relatives had expired.
“This is no ground to grant more time and we have rejected his request,” the officer said. “We will be sending a team to Bhopal tonight.”

Asaram was on Tuesday served a notice at his ashram in Indore in Madhya Pradesh asking him to appear before police in Jodhpur for questioning before or on August 30.

Asked if police were equipped to deal with thousands of supporters of the godman, Lamba said they were “well prepared”.

“We are in talks with the Madhya Pradesh Police who will be cooperating with us. We are well prepared to handle any situation” said Lamba.

A 16-year-old girl complained to police in Delhi on August 20 that Asaram sexually assaulted her at his Jodhpur ashram on the Independence Day.

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