Petlad-based Swami Sachidanand has moved the Gujarat High Court seeking anticipatory bail in connection with the murder of one Babu Mohaniya at the formers ashram near Petlad on July 17,2006. An Anand court had rejected his anticipatory bail petition recently. The HC is likely to hear the plea on February 18.
The HC had earlier ordered to initiate criminal proceedings against Swami Sachidanand on a petition by Babus cousin Dhana Mohaniya. The HC order was upheld by the Supreme Court after which the concerned trial court had summoned Swami Sachidanand.
However,when he did not respond,the court issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him,which was challenged by Swami Sachidanand at the HC. The HC had dismissed the petition and ordered him to appear before the trial court.Subsequently,Sachidanand had moved an anticipatory bail plea before the sessions court,which was rejected.
According to Dhana,Babu had gone to get some food from Sachidanands ashram on July 17,2006. However,ashram inmates insulted him,which resulted in a scuffle following which Sachidanand came out and fired at Babu from his revolver. Babu died a few days later in Ahmedabad.