The Gujarat government has decided to lodge Asaram in Nadiad sub-jail whenever he is sent to judicial custody,as they perceive a potential threat to the self-styled godman in Sabarmati central jail. However,one of the main reasons behind this,seems to be that Asarams disciple and suspended DIG D G Vanzara is also lodged in Sabarmati jail. Vanzara is in jail in connection with fake encounter cases.
Referring to Asaram,Vanzara had reportedly written to Chief Minister Narendra Modi: I considered you my god,but when you couldnt help my guru then how could I expect you to help us who have sacrificed a lot for Gujarat
Vanzara has written three books in prison all dedicated to Asaram. In one of the poems,Vanzara wrote,I have cleaned up not only my prison cell today but also my soul. For,today people have gathered at Motera to seek his blessings. Everybody is singing my gurus praises. It is because of him that there is so much sunshine in my life,soul and even this cell.
After the Surat sisters registered cases against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai,a girl from Ahmedabad complained to Special Investigative Team chief J K Bhatt that she had information about Asarams illegal activities in Motera ashram and that Vanzara had been covering up for him.
A senior SIT officer said,We have discussed these with top police officials and the state Home department,who have decided that Asaram should be kept in Nadiad sub-jail. It would be safe for him as he faces a potential life threat. He has expressed a denial to stay in Sabarmati jail.
A senior officer said,Asaram and Vanzara have been close since the time the latter was an SP. While Vanzara is facing fake encounter charges,Asaram,who is facing rape charges,would not like to be associated with Vanzara and thereby,invite more trouble