December 17, 2017
“Justice is one of my old devotees. He knows me for long. He wanted to meet me. So, he came here.” Asaram said.
Accused of Raping a minor girl in his ashram on pretext of exorcising her from evil spirits, Asaram is still a ‘Godman’ to many including a former Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court!
The retired Justice Sundar Nath Bhargava, who’s also a former Governor, has stirred a controversy with public display of affection & reverence to rape accused Asaram while Asaram was being produced in the Jodhpur court yesterday.
The case against Asaram is being heard on daily basis in the Jodhpur Court, where the self-styled Godman is brought everyday from jail. When Asaram was brought to the court yesterday, by the Rajasthan police officials, Justice Bhargava was one of those present in the premises.
As the police brought Asaram to the Jodhpur court in connection with the IT Act & sexual assault cases, Justice SN Bhargava fell in the rape accused godman’s feet when he got down from police van. The 2 security personnel accompanying the retired Judge also touched feet of Asaram.
When Justice SN Bhargava was asked about his public display of reverence to the rape accused, he said, “I had come to Jodhpur to attend a private function; but when I came to know that Asaram would be produced in Court, I came here for his ‘darshan’.”
Later when Asaram was being taken away from the court back to the jail, he sounded more confident than other days. He said, “Justice Bhargava is one of my old devotees. He knows me for long. He wanted to meet me. So, he came here. He has good contacts in judiciary. Something good will happen.”
Asaram and his ashrams have been in controversy over a range of alleged crimes.
In 2008, his ashrams came under sharp scrutiny after deaths of four students studying in the gurukuls run under Asaram’s management. It was alleged that black magic was practiced in these ashrams. However, Gujarat police gave the ashrams clean chit in that case.
In August 2013, a 16 years old accused Asaram of raping her inside his Jodhpur ashram. The parents of the girl filed a complaint with the police.
Asaram’s son Narayan Sai was also arrested on charges of rape in December 2013 on the complaints by 2 sisters in Surat, Gujarat.