The police Thursday filed a chargesheet against Asaram, his wife Lakshmi, daughter Bharti and four of his women followers — Dhruvben, Nirmala, Jassi and Meera, for hatching a conspiracy, illegal confinement and rape of one of the two Surat-based sisters. The other sister was allegedly raped by Asaram’s son Narayan Sai.
The police filed the chargesheet before Chief Judicial Magistrate J B Parikh in Gandhinagar. The accused were chargesheeted under various sections of the IPC that deal with conspiracy, illegal confinement and rape.
But the police submitted only 700 pages of the chargesheet as some part of the documents was reportedly missing. The court ordered the police to bring all the documents before it admits the chargesheet and proceeds.
The court posted the case for further hearing to January 13. One of the accused also filed an application seeking a copy of the chargesheet, which would also come up for hearing on the same day.
Two Surat-based sisters had accused Asaram and his son Sai of sexual exploitation. Following the accusations, both were arrested — Asaram is lodged in Jodhpur jail, his son is in Surat jail.
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.