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Order on application charging Sai of wearing turban reserved

chandigarh Updated: Feb 14, 2014 18:13 IST

A local court has reserved its order for February 22, on an application charging self-styled godman Asaram's son Narayan Sai with donning a Sikh turban during his arrest in December last year.

First class judicial magistrate Manoj Kumar Ladiya reserved his judgment on the application filed by Gagandeep Singh Bhati, president of local Yuva Sikh Morcha, after arguments in the case ended on Thursday.

Gagandeep's lawyer Inder Singh Bhatia said the court will announce its decision on February 22 on whether or not a case should be proceeded against Sai or not.

Sai was wearing a red turban when he was arrested in early December last after evading arrest for 58 days. The father-son duo is facing cases of sexual assault. 40-year-old Sai was apprehended from the Haryana-Delhi border in the sexual assault case lodged against him by an inmate of his Surat-based ashram. He himself had admitted to police on December 11 that he had physical relationship with eight of his female disciples.

Two Surat-based sisters had lodged complaints against Sai and his father of rape, sexual assault, illegal confinement and other charges while staying in the Gujarat ashram.

While his father and controversial spiritual guru Asaram has been lodged in the Central Jail in Jodhpur since his arrest in August 2013 on charges of sexually assaulting a minor girl in his ashram there besides being accused of raping the Surat girls.

According to Gagandeep's application, accused Sai masqueraded as a Sikh in order to avoid arrest in the sexual assault case, thus hurting the religious sentiments of the community. The petitioner has sought criminal proceedings against Sai under relevant laws.