Narayan Sai, son of Asaram, gets life term in rape case

Ganga and Jamuna, also called "sadhika" (women disciples), were accused of putting the victim in illegal confinement and thrashing her at Sai's behest. They were also accused of trying to brainwash her into agreeing to have a relationship with Sai.

Narayan Sai, son of Asaram, gets life term in rape case
Narayan Sai
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 30 Apr 2019 06:12 PM
Surat (Gujarat): Narayan Sai, son of self-styled godman Asaram, was on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment by a sessions court here in a rape case. A penalty of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on him which if he fails to pay would lead to extension of his jail-term by one more year. Besides Sai (47), who is lodged at Lajpore Jail here since 2013, the court had held four of his aides, including two women, guilty of various offences. Sai was convicted under IPC sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 323 (assault), 506-2 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (conspiracy). Of the 11 accused, six were acquitted.

Sai's aides--Dharmishtha alia Ganga, Bhavna alias Jamuna and Pavan alias Hanuman--were held guilty for being part of a conspiracy. Sai's driver Rajkumar alias Ramesh Malhotra was held guilty under IPC section 212 (harbouring an offender).


While Ganga and Jamuna have received a five-year jail sentence and fined Rs 5,000 each respectively, Ramesh Malhotra has been sentenced to six-month imprisonment.

Ganga and Jamuna, also called "sadhika" (women disciples), were accused of putting the victim in illegal confinement and thrashing her at Sai's behest. They were also accused of trying to brainwash her into agreeing to have a relationship with Sai.

Hanuman, a loyal "sadhak" (disciple) of Sai, was accused of abetment, including taking the victim to Sai's room.

Surat Police had filed a 1,100-page charge sheet against Sai in 2014.

In 2013, after Asaram was arrested for raping a girl in Rajasthan, two Surat-based women accused Asaram and his son of sexual exploitation.



The elder sister accused Asaram of sexual assaults between 1997 and 2006 when she lived at his Ahmedabad ashram.

The younger sister accused the godman's son of sexual assaults when she lived at Asaram's ashram in Jahangirpura area of Surat between 2002 and 2005.

Sai was arrested from Delhi-Haryana border in December 2013.

When he was in jail, Surat Police claimed to have unearthed Sai's plans to bribe police officers, doctors and even judicial officers to weaken the case against him.

Asaram, meanwhile, was convicted by a Jodhpur court for rape. The trial against him in the case filed by the Surat-based woman is going on at a Gandhinagar court.

(With additional information from PTI)

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