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Asaram’s supporters tried to offer bribe to cops

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jodhpur, September 04, 2013
First Published: 19:52 IST(4/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:04 IST(4/9/2013)

Self-styled godman Asaram not only threatened the police, but some of his supporters tried to influence the Jodhpur Police team who went to arrest the spiritual leader and offered them bribe to delay Asaram's arrest.
 
Some of his supporters also threatened the Deputy Commissioner of Police, leading the investigation against the self-styled godman in a sexual assault case, of consequences.
 
Chanchal Mishra, Assistant Commissioner of Police and investigating officer of the case, who was also the part of special team sent to Indore for arresting Asaram revealed this in Jodhpur on Wednesday while talking to reporters in Jodhpur court premises.
 
“Some supporters of Asaram attempted to offer us bribe before we arrested him in his Indore ashram,” Mishra said.

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He, however, declined to disclose identities of those who offered the bribe.
 
She further said DCP Lamba had received a threatening letter on Tuesday, and a fax massage warning of consequences.  

Asaram is under investigation for charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in one of his ashrams on August 15. He is currently lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail after a court remanded him to 14-day judicial custody on Monday.

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