The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of a self-styled godman, accused of molesting and attempting to rape a married woman in March this year.
Dismissing Swami Raghuvansh Puri's anticipatory bail plea, justice Manmohan Singh said the allegations are "serious" in nature and the investigation is at initial stage for which his "custodial interrogation is required."
"If the allegations are proved, then it is a serious matter. Swami Raghuvansh Puri is not available at the addresses in Delhi and Haridwar. He is not joining the investigation. The matter is under investigation," justice Singh said relying on the police's status report filed through advocate MN Dudeja.
"Keeping in view the conduct of Puri and the nature of allegations made by the complainant coupled with the fact that the investigation is still at the initial stage for which the petitioner's custodial interrogation is necessary as per the case of the respondent and he is not coming forward for the investigation, I am of the view that the application for grant of anticipatory bail is liable to be dismissed," the court said while rejecting Puri's plea.
According to the police, the mother of two children had gone to meet Puri at his Vaidyanath Mahadev Mandir in F-Block, Ashok Vihar, where the latter molested her and also tried to rape her. She lodged a complaint with the police on March 26 this year.
The woman also claimed she had recorded some phone calls in which the accused expressed his desire of having physical relation with her.