Sub-inspector V J Bharwad,who made an unscheduled Saturday night halt in Ahmedabad with a co-accused in the Narayan Sai sexual assault case,was suspended by Surat police commissioner Rakesh Asthaana on Monday. The investigations were also transferred from Assistant Commissioner of Police G Division R A Munshi,who permitted the night halt,and handed over to ACP A Division Mukesh Patel.
Jehangirpura police station sub-inspector Bharwad went to Udaipur to arrest Ganga alias Dharmishta Patel,a close aide of Narayan Sai,on Thursday night.
After Rajasthan Police handed Ganga over to the Surat police team,headed by Bharwad,took Gangas transit remand of one day from Udaipur court and started its journey back to Surat. A woman sub-inspector and a woman police constable were also part of the team.
After reaching Ahmedabad,Bharwad,after taking permission from ACP Munshi,made a halt at a private hotel in Ahmedabad.
The policewomen stayed with Ganga in a separate room. Gangas husband,Pramod Mishra,stayed in another room with police constables.
Sources said that when Bharwad turned up late,the supervising officer,Deputy Commissioner of Police Shobha Bhutada,asked for an explanation. The SI said that he had halted in Ahmedabad with Munshis permission. Bhutada reported the matter to Asthaana,who decided to take action against Munshi and Bharwad,who were found negligent after a preliminary inquiry.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 4) Shobha Bhutada said,Bharwad was suspended by an order of the Surat police commissioner after his team turned up late in Surat with Ganga and her husband.
Meanwhile,one of Asarams aides,identified as Satish Waghwani (40),a resident of Indore in Madhya Pradesh,came down to Surat on Sunday and testified against Asaram Bapu and his son,Narayan Sai. Waghwani had joined Asarams ashram in Indore in 1992 and became his follower in 1994.
Since then,he was handling the godmans sales and purchase of properties. In one such property dispute,Narayan Sai had assaulted him and kicked him out of the Indore ashram. Waghwani told Surat police that since then,he had started collecting evidence against Narayan Sai.
Waghwani also got threat calls from Narayan Sai and his men,after they learnt that he was collecting evidence against them. Waghwani had submitted an application with Indore Range IG police,seeking protection,on November 1,2011. Surat police have started working on the details given by Waghwani to locate Sai and the co-accused,Hanuman and Jamna.
Court declares Sai proclaimed absconder<\b>
Surat: A local court Monday declared Narayan Sai,son of self-styled godman Asaram,evading arrest for over a month in connection with the sexual assault case lodged against him by one of the two city-based sisters,as a proclaimed absconder. Police is not able to trace Sai even 35 days after registration of the alleged rape case against him and his father Asaram by the sisters. Chief Judicial Magistrate A S Gadhvi declared Sai a proclaimed absconder under section 82 of CrPC on the application filed by police this morning as Sai failed to appear before police despite issuing of summons. The court has asked Sai to appear before investigating officer or court within 30 days from the day of declaration of proclamation for person absconding.