3.00 pm: Ashok Gehlot assures a fair trial and due punishment if Asaram found guilty.
“There will be a fair trial, and if anything is found, severe punishment will be meted out,” Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said to mediapersons.
“The police should be allowed to do its job of unbiased investigation. We want that whoever is guilty should be punished,” said Gehlot.
The chief minister said police have made arrangements for maintaining law and order in Jodhpur.
Meanwhile, Kiran Bedi has also sounded off about the issue on Twitter.
B-Asaram made a mistake by avoiding summons. Now arrested it depends on evidence which police has and what Court is willing to believe!
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) September 1, 2013
1.00 pm: Police seeking seven-day custody as Asaram supporters rally
Sources have said to CNN-IBN that the police will seek a seven-day custody of Asaram Bapu, and they will take him to the scene of the alleged crime to carry out further investigations.
Around 50 supporters of Asaram Bapu have assembled at the Delhi airport in support of the godman. Supporters have also blocked local trains at teh Ulhasnagar station in Mumbai.
12.30 pm: Girl’s father ends hunger strike after Asaram’s arrest
The father of the 16-year old girl, who has accused Asaram Bapu of sexually assausting her, called off his fast-unto-death in nearby Shahajahanpur district soon after the arrest of the godman in Indore.
Circle Officer, City, Rajeswar Singh offered the girl’s father juice to end his fast that he began yesterday morning
demanding immediate arrest of Asaram.
“The first hurdle has been overcome. We would take our fight forward,” the father said after ending his fast after
He thanked the media saying “the arrest has been made possible because of their efforts”.
12.00 pm: Asaram lands in Jodhpur
Asaram Bapu has landed in Jodhpur. Police sources also told CNN-IBN that they will be taking him to an undisclosed location for questioning.
11.16 am: Asaram gives Sushma, Digvijaya another reason for Twitter war
As if all the drama over the Asaram Bapu sexual assault was not enough on its own, the issue has led to yet another social media slinging match, with Congress General Secretary Digivijaya Singh taking a dig at Sushma Swaraj on Twitter.
It all started when Singh tweeted, asking why the usually vocal Swaraj was being silent over the allegations of rape against Bapu:
The most vocal voice of BJP against atrocities against women has been Sushma Swaraj. Why is she quiet in Asharam Bapu’s case ?
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) August 31, 2013
Sushma Swaraj replied to the tweet this morning. And all things considered, she responded quite calmly. Whether Digvijaya will take his tweets further or if he will let the matter lie, only he knows.
I told the media in Vidisha yesterday also. In our country we have a law that is same for everybody. @digvijaya_28
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) September 1, 2013
There is no one big or small. And law will take its own course. @digvijaya_28
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) September 1, 2013
9.49 am: Security tightened in Jodhpur
Security has been tightened in Jodhpur ahead of the arrival of arrested God man Asaram Bapu for questioning in connection with a sexual assault case. CNN-IBN reported that there was heavy police deployment in the city.
Asram Bapu supporters from outside Jodhpur will also be barred from entering the city.
The police team accompanying Asaram Bapu have left Delhi and are expected to reach Jodhpur shortly. He will then be produced before a Jodhpur court before being taken for further questioning.
Meanwhile the father of the 16-year-old girl who has alleged sexual assault has said that he has been receiving death threats from supporters of Asaram Bapu but has vowed to pursue his fight for justice.
9:30 am Asaram Bapu reaches New Delhi en route to Jodhpur
Rape accused Asaram was arrested last night by theJodhpur police from his Indore ashram in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl.
Security around Jodhpur airport has been beefed up as Asaram has reached New Delhi and will be brought to Jodhpur by 10:30 am for further questioning.
The 16-year-old girl had lodged a complaint with police on August 20, accusing Asaram of sexually assaulting her at his Jodhpur ashram.
8:38 am Asaram Bapu arrested from Indore
The 72-year-old self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was finally arrested last night from his ashram in Indore.
Jodhpur police will fly him out to New Delhi today from where he will be taken to Jodhpur.
“Jodhpur police questioned Asaram at his ashram in Indore and then arrested him. They have brought him to the Indore airport and are scheduled to fly to New Delhi today. Members of Asaram’s ashram did express opposition to his arrest, but the officers explained the situation to them, and were able to get Asaram to the airport without much problem,” SP Indore (East) OP Tripathi told CNN IBN.
The deadline for Asaram to surrender in the sexual assault case ended on Friday.
The arrest was made after a team of doctors from Indore’s Medical College found him fit for questioning and travel.
Armed with the medical report, a team of Jodhpur police arrested Asaram and whisked him in a white jeep about half an hour after the stroke of midnight, after waiting for nearly eight hours at the ashram.
The sexual assault case was filed by an inmate of his Chhindwara-based ashram in Madhya Pradesh. The assault allegedly took place in Jodhpur following which a case was initially registered in Delhi and later transferred to Jodhpur for probe.
End of updates for 31 August
9. 05 pm: Jodhpur Police begins questioning Asaram
A team of Jodhpur Police have begun questioning self-styled godman Asaram Bapu at his ashram in Indore.
The police have said that if Asaram fails to defend himself, they will arrest him.
6.45 pm: We will interrogate Asaram today, says Jodhpur DCP
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu will be questioned by the Jodhpur Police later this evening, Ajay Lamba, DCP of Jodhpur told media.
“We will question him in his Indore ashram, if he does not cooperate with the police, we will arrest him.”
Commenting on Asaram’s son statement that his father was unwell, Lamba said that as of today Asaram was fit for questioning.
“Yesterday a medical report said he was suffering from a neurological problem and therefore was unfit.. but today the report says he is fine and can be questioned,” Lamba said.
With regard to the attack on media by Asaram’s supporters, the police officer said 13 people have been arrested and they have been charged with attempt to murder.
4.49 pm: There was no rape, says Asaram Bapu’s son
Speaking to the media from the Asaram Ashram in Indore, Narayan Sai, Asaram Bapu’s son said his father was unwell and therefore could not present himself before the police.
“He is unwell.. he is not underground or evading the police.. the moment he gets better, he will cooperate with them,” Sai said.
He also added that there was no rape in the case. “I can say with 100% certainty that there was no rape.”
Sai also apologised for the attack on the media saying what happened was wrong and the media should not have been targeted.
4.30 pm: Asaram will hold press conference, says lawyer
Asaram Bapu will hold a press conference later today to clear his stand on the case, CNN-IBN reports. Senior police officials, including the IG, SSP and SP are outside Asaram’s Indore ashram where they believe he is hiding.
4.20 pm: Asaram’s aide surrenders to police
Shiva, an aide of Asaram Bapu has surrendered to the Jodhpur Police and he has been taken to an undisclosed place for questioning, media reports said.
2.50 pm Jodhpur police enter Asaram’s Indore Ashram premises
According to a CNN-IBN news flash, the Jodhpur police have entered Asaram’s Indore Ashram premises. Asaram Bapu is inside the ashram, says Indore’s DM.
1.40 pm: Union Home Ministry seeks report on attack
Taking note of the attack on journalists by supporters of Asaram Bapu in Jodhpur, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a report from the state government of Rajasthan.
IBN7 staffer Shyam Singh Sreeram and journalist Bhawani Deora were injured in the attack, which started after supporters of Asaram outside the ashram had a showdown with journalists on why they were not referring to their leader as ‘Bapu’.
Six people including the caretaker of the Jodhpur ashram were detained in connection with the attack. Police said the attackers appeared to be women supporters.
1.00 pm: Six Asaram followers detained for attack, ashram sealed off
Following the attack on journalists including a reporter with IBN7 by supporters of Asaram Bapu in Jodhpur, local police sealed off the premises and ordered the growing crowd of supporters and mediapersons outside to disperse. Six supporters of the godman, wanted in a sexual assault case, were detained in connection with the attack during which stones were pelted on an OB van and cameras smashed.
Meanwhile, the father of the 15-year-old victim launched a hunger strike sttaing that he will not eat until Asaram is arrested
11.00 am: Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari condemns attack on IBN7 journalists
Manish Tewari said, that it a very unfortunate incident of journalists been attacked by the followers of a religious preacher. “If you believe in spirituality & religion, tell your flock to be disciplined & non-violent.” He said no one is above the law & it doesn’t discriminate against an ordinary mortal & an alleged godman.
10. 50 am: Asaram is not Indore, says police but Rajasthan police insists he’s there
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu who is facing sexual assault allegations is not in Indore, according to city SP Govind Rawat. He also said that Jodhpur Police has not contacted them.
Meanwhile a Rajasthan Police team has left to question Asaram Bapu in Indore and “then probably arrest him”, said an official said. According to Ajaypal Lambha, DCP Jodhpur, said that Asaram is in Indore and he said, “We have sent our team and are in touch with the Indore police.”
31 August 9.00 am: Asaram supporters attack IBN-7 journalists in Jodhpur
Self-proclaimed god-man Asaram Bapu’s supporters on Saturday allegedly attacked IBN7′s reporter Bhawani Deora and another IBN7video journalist, reports CNN-IBN.
The attack took place when the godman’s supporters gathered outside Asaram’s ashram in Jodhpur and took exception to the presence of the press. Bhawani was reporting on the updates in connection with the sexual assault case against Asaram. It seems that the supporters were particularly angry at Bhawani and asked him why his channel IBN7 was not referring to their leader as ‘Bapu.’ More details on that here.
End of updates for 30 August
7.10 pm: Asaram Bapu has still not reached ashram
CNN-IBN reports that though Asaram Bapu had left for the ashram after he missed a flight, he has not reached the ashram.
The ashram is five-minutes away from the airport. CNN-IBN reported that Asaram’s SUV was not seen anywhere near the ashram.
7.08 pm: Police team to leave for Bhopal tonight, DCP Jodhpur
DCP Jodhpur says that a team of police will be going to Bhopal to arrest Asaram Bapu since the deadline to join investigation is over. The team will be leaving tonight by train.
DCP Ajay Lamba said, “Our team of policemen will leave for Bhopal tonight. We also expect Asaram Bapu to flee from Bhopal and we are prepared for that.”
Lamba says that Asaram’s letter to the police is not convincing and he will be probed and arrested.
“There are many things that we have found during investigation and we will probe Asaram Bapu about it,” Lamba said.
Lamba added that the police have enough evidence against the self-styled godman and he will be arrested unless he has a strong defence.
When asked if Asaram Bapu was given so much time because of his popularity Lamba said, “The time was given to him considering that he is a senior citizen. We have to give him time because he is over 75 years of age”
Lamba clarified the police team is going to Jodhpur for investigation and arrest is a part of the investigation. “We are putting our best efforts, and going according to legal provisions,” the DCP of Jodhpur said.
He also hoped that the local police will support the Rajasthan police to nab Asaram Bapu.
The DCP also did not rule out law and order problems in Jodhpur if the godman is arrested and said that they are fully prepared to tackle any such untoward incident.
6.50 pm: Rajasthan police say no option but custodial interrogation
Rajasthan police sources have told CNN-IBN that they have no option but to arrest Asaram Bapu as he did not appear before them for interrrogation. Hence, he will have to face custodial interrogation.
The police said that he was given enough time to appear before them and that they will not buy the fact that he could not surrender because he missed his flight.
6.48 pm: Asaram Bapu likely to be arrested tomorrow morning
Rajasthan police sources have told CNN-IBN that self-styled godman Asaram Bapu is likely to be arrested tomorrow morning. Police teams will be going to Bhopal at 9 am to arrest Asaram Bapu.
6.19 pm: Asaram Bapu misses flight from Bhopal, heading back to ashram
Godman Asaram Bapu was to fly to Gujarat from the Bhopal airport missed his flight and is now heading back to his ashram. His deadline to surrender to the police expires today
5.07 pm: Asaram Bapu withdraws anticipatory bail plea
Asaram Bapu today withdrew his anticipatory bail plea from Gujarat HC only hours after filing it, as the court said that it was inclined to reject it.
The godman’s deadline for appearing for questioning expires today.
3.50 pm: Asaram Bapu applies for anticipatory bail
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu has applied for anticipatory bail before the Gujarat High Court a few hours before his deadline to appear for questioning ends.
Jodhpur Police had issued summons to Asaram asking that he appear before them for questioning by 30 August.
Asaram’s son said his father would not appear before the police today because he wasn’t keeping well. Earlier in the day, Asaram’s lawyer said his client will not appear as there was a death in the family.
12.33 pm: Asaram Bapu will not surrender today, says son
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu will not surrender before the Jodhpur Police today,
“He has no plans to surrender today before the Jodhpur Police,” his son Narayan Sai told PTI.
11.46 am: If Asaram has no defence, he will be arrest, Jodhpur DCP
Jodhpur DCP Ajaypal Lamba said Asaram Bapu will not be granted any further extension and he has to present himself by this evening.
“We are expecting him by today evening, after interrogation we will decide whether to arrest him or not. If he doesn’t have anything to prove himself innocent there is no option but to arrest him.”
We aren’t giving him any further extension as of now-Ajaypal Lamba,DCP Jodhpur on Asaram Bapu pic.twitter.com/pQkTAzyGfm
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 30, 2013
10.36 am: Police teams to be sent to Madhya Pradesh
CNN-IBN reports that three police teams have been readied to be sent to Chindwara, Bhopal and Ahmedabad if the controversial godman fails to turn up by this evening.
10.17 am: Deadline ends, will Asaram be arrested?
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s deadline to appear before the Jodhpur Police in a sexual assault case ends today. His lawyer, however, claims that the spiritual leader will not be able appear before authorities as due to the death of a relative.
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. AFPSelf-styled godman Asaram Bapu. AFP
The Jodhpur Police are not yet treating Asaram’s lawyers statement as an official communication.
As of now, the police have refused to grant Asaram an extension saying they will arrange for his arrest if he fails to appear before them by this evening.
“If Asaram does not turn up by then (the end of the deadline), we will arrange for his arrest and bring him here for interrogation,” a police official told PTI.(firstpost)