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NEW DELHI: A court in Jodhpur extended the judicial remand of godman Asaram Bapu, who has been held since September on charges of raping a minor in his ashram, and four co-accused till October 25.
The co-accused are Shilpi, Shiva, Prakash and Sharad Chandra.
The court also granted transfer warrants to the Gujarat police to take the godman to Ahmedabad for questioning in connection with fresh rape charges filed by two sisters from Surat against Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai.
A Gujarat police team, who came to Jodhpur to take the godman to Jodhpur, is set to take the godman to Ahmedabad.
Two sisters from Surat filed FIR against the godman and his son for allegedly raping them repeatedly over the years when they worked in their Surat and Ahmedabad ashrams.
The elder sister has alleged that she was raped by the godman himself from 1997 and 2006 when she was living in the godman’s Ahmedabad ashram.
The younger sister has alleged in the case that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Narayan Sai between 2002 and 2006 when she was living in the godman’s Surat ashram.
Police has already issued orders to Narayan Sai to appear before them to face charges.
The whereabouts of the godman’s son are not known. But he has issued advertisements in some local papers, saying he is not running away and will fight the charges.
The advertisements called the rape cases against Narayan Sai fabrication and distortion of facts.