As the chorus for strong action against 72-year-old Asaram got louder, he received the summons at the Indore Ashram after the visiting two-member Jodhpur Police team was made to wait for nearly eight hours. He has been directed to appear before the Jodhpur Police for questioning within four days of getting the notice.

"We have issued a request letter to Joint Director-Immigration(in Bureau of Immigration in Delhi) seeking lookout notice against Asaram Bapu who has been summoned by Jodhpur police in connection with a sexual exploitation case lodged against him,” DCP Ajay Lamba said in Jodhpur.

Lamba said his team had to wait for nearly 8 hours at Asaram's ashram in Indore to meet him personally for delivering the notice for questioning in connection with the allegation of sexual assault levelled by a 16-year-old girl.

Asked what the police will do if the accused failed to appear within the given time-frame, the officer said, "We will later decide what step we have to take if Asaram does not come."

Asaram has given his assurance that he will cooperate with the police in the matter, he added. The summons were issued after initial investigations found there was prima facie a case against him which needs to be probed.

He has been booked under sections 376, 342, 506 and 509 of the IPC, section 8 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act in connection with the alleged assault.

Gehlot assures impartial probe into charges against Asaram

While rejecting the charges that police are going soft on Asaram, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said an impartial probe into the allegation is going on.

Gehlot said the police have launched an impartial probe and they should be allowed to do their job.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister accused the BJP of adopting double standard over the issue. "On one hand, people say government should not interfere in investigation and on the other hand politics is being done in the Parliament and assembly by dragging us into it... Allegations have been leveled and a probe is going on. Based on evidence, the guilty would be severely punished," he said.

He played down the threats made by Asaram and his supporters of dire consequences if he is arrested. "We live in a democracy and people are free to say what they have to... Governments are not run by threats," he added.


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