The anticipatory bail application of Narayan Sais close aide Kaushalkumar Thakur alias Hanuman was rejected by the Surat Additional District and Sessions Judge P P Shah on Saturday. The court found that not only was Hanuman privy to the goings-on in the private rooms of Sais ashram,but was also a mediator in the racket.
In his arguments,the public prosecutor had also alleged that Thakur,along with a disciple of Sai,had been videotaping Sai and the women. Thakur,a resident of Ahiyari village in Bihar,whose father is said to have donated land in Bihar to Asaram to build an ashram,is also an accused in a rape complaint lodged by a girl at Jehangirpura police station,in which Narayan Sai is the key accused. Sai,Thakur,and the disciple Jamna are still absconding.
Advocate Farid Mastan,Thakurs lawyer,had filed an anticipatory bail plea at the Surat court few days ago. Mastan had told the court that Thakur was unaware of the goings-on in Sais private quarters and that he was only a staff in the Ashram.
District Government Pleader Nayan Sukhadwala,in his arguments,said that through the statements of witnesses and the complainant in the case,it was learnt that Thakur knew about what was going on and that he was forcing girls to keep quiet. In fact,he went on,the complainant had also been brought to the ashram by Thakur himself.
Witnesses have given statements that Hanuman and the other accused were also videotaping the goings-on in the ashram. Sukhadwala argued that Hanumans custody was necessary to locate Narayan Sai and Jamna.
We have not got the order copy yet. After getting it,we will study it and will later decide on whether or not to challenge it in the upper court,Defense lawyer Farid Mastan said.
Meanwhile,Government Pleader Nayan Sukhadwala said,We are happy with the order. Hanumans custody is necessary for the police investigations.