Falahari Maharaj case: Hospital administration says rape-accused godman free to go, cops dilly-dally in arrest
The Alwar police are yet to question rape accused and self-styled godman Falahari Maharaj even though a day has passed since the case files reached Rajasthanjaipur Updated: Sep 21, 2017 19:35 IST
The Alwar police are yet to question rape accused and self-styled godman Falahari Maharaj even though a day has passed since the case files reached Rajasthan.
People from the hospital administration where the godman is currently admitted said that his condition is stable and he is free to go. Despite that, the police are yet to question or arrest the accused.
“When the Maharaj came on Wednesday, he was senseless and had high blood pressure along with fever. Now, he is normal and has been discharged. From our side, he is free to go,” Pankaj Sharma, director of the private hospital where the godman is admitted told HT.
However, the police are yet to take a decision on either arresting or questioning him.
“We are finishing up investigation in the matter and after that, a decision will be taken,” said Alwar superintendent of police, Rahul Prakash.
He confirmed that the godman is yet to be questioned by the police.
A 21-year-old law student from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh has accused the godman of raping her on August 7 at his ashram in Alwar. The woman lodged an FIR and state police took up the case on September 11.
The allegations come roughly a month after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted of raping two women devotees 15 years ago. Police said Singh’s conviction motivated the woman to make the complaint.
After the Chhattisgarh police brought the case files to Alwar on Wednesday, the godman got himself admitted to a private hospital and was kept at the ICU.
On the other hand, local politicians expressed doubts over the authenticity of the allegation on the godman on Thursday.
“This is a conspiracy to frame the Maharaj,” said Dharamveer Sharma, district BJP president.
Former Congress MLA from Thana Ghazi KM Gangawat, too, said that he respects the godman because he runs a school inside the premise of his ashram where education of Vedas and Karmkand is imparted.
“I am sure that after the police investigation, the truth will come out,” said Gangawat.
The police have also sealed the room inside the ashram where the crime allegedly took place, along with the room, where the victim was staying.
Officials said that the victim is being brought to Jaipur following which the police will speak with her.
First Published: Sep 21, 2017 19:35 IST