Indian Express, Surat, Thu Dec 12 2013
“During our intense questioning, Sai has more or less accepted the rape allegations levelled against him by one of the two (Surat-based) sisters,” Surat Commissioner of Police Rakesh Asthana told mediapersons.
Sai has also revealed to police during interrogation that he had physical relationships with eight of his female disciples, he said.
“It has also come to light that he fathered a child with one of his sevikas (disciple),” Asthana said.
Sai was subjected to joint interrogation by police along with the complainant, the official said, adding intense quizzing was carried out to find out how he evaded arrest for 58 days and who helped him when he was absconding.
Police said that Sai was also interrogated in the presence of his estranged wife.
Sai was sent in police custody till today on December 5 by a local court.
Asthana said though Sai’s remand gets over today, his further police custody will be sought for interrogation and gathering evidence against him and he will be produced in the court later in the day.
Two sisters had lodged complaints against Sai and his father Asaram of rape, sexual assault, illegal confinement and other charges.
Surat Police had booked 40-year-old Sai under various IPC sections including rape, unnatural sex, molestation, wrongful confinement, unlawful assembly, rioting armed with deadly weapon, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.
In her complaint, the younger of the two had accused Sai of repeated sexual assault between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at the Surat ashram.
The complaint against Asaram, which was initially lodged at Surat’s Jehangirpura Police Station, was transferred to Ahmedabad’s Chandkheda Police Station as the alleged incident took place there.
Asaram (72) is currently lodged in a Jodhpur jail after being arrested in September for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl at his Jodhpur ashram.