The Gujarat Police has decided to seek a non-bailable arrest warrant against Narayan Sai, son of controversial godman Asaram Bapu. Both are accused in a sexual assault case.
On Wednesday, the police had notified a local court that Sai might have forged his signature on his petition for an anticipatory bail in the Gujarat High Court, landing Sai in further trouble.
The Surat police in Gujarat had recently registered two complaints - one against the spiritual guru and another against Narayan Sai, alleging sexual assault against two sisters.
The younger of the two sisters had accused Sai of repeated sexual assault between 2002 and 2005, when she was living in Asaram's Surat ashram.
Soon after the FIR was lodged Sai went underground and police were unable to trace him. He has been evading the police for over a week.
On Thursday, a police team acting on a tip-off raided Asaram's Ratlam ashram in Madhya Pradesh to arrest Sai but could not find him, reported CNN-IBN. They have also raided his suspected hideouts in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar and Gujarat.
The Gujarat authorities had earlier issued a lookout notice against Sai, barring him from travelling abroad.
Asaram Bapu's Potency Test
The elder of the two sisters has accused Asaram of repeated sexual assault between 1997 and 2006, when she had been residing at his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city. The case was handed over to the Chandkheda police station.
The self-styled guru was brought to Ahmedabad on Monday on a transit remand from a Jodhpur jail, where he has been lodging since 1 September on charges of sexually assaulting a teenager.
Asaram was taken to civil hospital and subjected to a potency test on Wednesday.
His followers reacted to the authorities' move on a Twitter account which they maintained saying, "In 12 year old case,MEDICAL test,POTENCY test of #Asaram Bapuji is just a mockery of LOGICS & LAW, is all human rights commission sleeping?"