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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 29, 2013
A Chennai-based resident has moved the Supreme Court seeking a court monitored CBI probe into an alleged sexual assault case involving self-styled godman Asaram (72).

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed by DI Nathan, referred to the recent statement by Asaram’s son Narayan Sai that the minor girl was “mentally unstable” and said there was “low implementation” of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.

“Direct a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the incident involving the rape of minor by Asaram in the Jodhpur Ashram premises,” Nathan stated in his PIL.

The petitioner has also sought a direction to Home Ministry for immediate scientific test to ascertain the biological age of victims and to fast track of the probe so that evidence was not obliterated.

Nathan said the Home Ministry should direct “all district SP level officers across the country for objective investigation by a police team of female investigators sensitized to deal with the offences involving sexual assault of child or juvenile.”

He alleged the guidelines under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 were “repeatedly violated and disregarded by the police, state authorities and the accused that are violating the privacy and the right to life of minor victims.”   

Asaram, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, is likely to be arrested if he fails to appear before the Jodhpur Police on Friday.

Asaram had sought extension in the date of appearance before the investigation officer of the case at Jodhpur citing he had various pre-decided religious fixtures lined up till September 19.