After police searched it for two days,Asaram Bapus ashram in Junagadh was sealed by the Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) on Thursday for alleged non-payment of taxes for the last 13 years.
Officials of JMC tax department went to the ashram near Dharagadh Darwaja and sealed its main gate at around 2:30 pm.
The ashram has not paid taxes since 2001. It has dues to the tune of Rs 4.06 lakh. We had served the final recovery notice to Ashram on September 28,asking for clearance of the dues within seven days. After not getting any response,we sealed the Ashram today, Praful Kaneria,assistant commissioner (tax) of JMC,said.
Kaneria said that the ashram,spread over two acres,had not paid its dues under heads like house tax,education tax,cleaning charges etc. If the ashram authorities do not clear their dues within 30 days,JMC would take action,including attaching and subsequently auctioning the ashram, the assistant commissioner further said Magan Mungra,who looks after the ashram,confirmed the premises had been sealed,but refused to say anything further.
Incidentally,the Local Crime Branch (LCB) of Junagadh police had searched the ashram on Tuesday and Thursday.
After the searches,we have found that Asaram had visited the ashram in 2012 while his son Narayan Sai had gone there around three years ago. However,there was no trace of Asaram daughter, LCB police inspector Haresh Vaja said.
Asaram is in judicial custody for more than a month in connection with a rape case filed against him by a minor girl of Madhya Pradesh.
Asaram,son move HC seeking quashing of rape complaints
Ahmedabad: A petition has been filed by Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai in the Gujarat High Court seeking quashing of the complaints of sexual assault filed against them by two Surat-based sisters.
We have filed a petition seeking quashing of complaints filed against Asaram Bapu and son Narayan Sai, said their lawyer advocate Yatin Oza. The petition is likely to come up for hearing in a few days. ENS,PTI