The Gujarat High Court on Monday dismissed as withdrawn the petitions moved by controversial self-styled godman Asaram and his son Narayan Sai,who had sought quashing of FIRs of sexual assault,lodged against them by two girls,both sisters,from Surat.
Justice A J Desai dismissed the petitions after the counsels for the duo withdrew it. The court had completed the hearings in the case. While dismissing the petitions,the court granted liberty to the duo to file fresh petitions once the investigation in the case is over.
Asaram and Sai had moved the High Court last month seeking quashing of FIRs against them. The two sisters had alleged that they were repeatedly sexually assaulted between 1997 and 2006 by the father-son duo at their ashrams in Surat and Ahmedabad. During this period,the sisters had stayed at the ashram.
One of the FIRs was lodged by the elder sister at Jehangirpura police station in Surat against Asaram. The case was transferred to Chandkheda police station in Ahmedabad since the alleged incident had taken place in the ashram located on the citys outskirts.
The second FIR by the younger sister was filed against Sai,accusing him of repeated sexual assault between 2002 and 2005 when she lived in their Surat ashram. While Sai is still absconding,72-year-old Asaram has been lodged in Jodhpur jail in another sexual assault case.