Insisting that he was meditating and would not like to be disturbed,Asaram Bapu kept a team of Jodhpur Police waiting for hours at his Indore ashram on Tuesday before personally accepting a notice to appear for questioning in the sexual assault case.
After accepting the notice,which gave him time till August 30 to appear before the Jodhpur Police,Asaram left for Surat. He said he wont seek anticipatory bail and also claimed that he would be busy in the next few days. The Jodhpur Police,meanwhile,has written to the nodal immigration office in New Delhi to issue a lookout notice against Asaram so that he is unable to leave the country.
Asaram used the last couple of days that he was in Indore to defend himself,occasionally singing and dancing,making fun of the media,and maintained that he had been framed and that he had faced several such allegations over the past four-and-a-half years.
Ninety nine per cent people will give me a clean chit and only one per cent wont for different reasons known to them, he said as devotees cheered him during his spiritual discourse at the Indore ashram. Hari Om Hari Om, he would chant to avoid replying questions he did not like.
Dont call her a victim she is pure, the septuagenarian repeated over the past two days to media queries and said she was like his granddaughter. When you call her a victim it pains me. She is very intelligent, he said while simultaneously picking holes in her version that she was assaulted at the Jodhpur farmhouse.
Its a political conspiracy but I wont reveal whos behind it, he said and claimed he would cooperate with the police. However,on Tuesday he did exactly otherwise by making the two policemen from Jodhpur wait for more than eight hours before accepting the notice. On Monday,Asaram had alleged there had been instructions from the top to make a solid case against him that keeps him in jail. Several BJP leaders,including MP ministers and former chief minister Uma Bharti,have openly backed him,blaming a conspiracy hatched by the Congress.
(WITH INPUTS FROM ENS,JAIPUR)