"Bapuji has a problem with blood pressure and is suffering from trigeminal neuralgia. Talk about his going missing and running away from police is rubbish," Sai told reporters at the self-styled godman's ashram.

There were reports about Asaram having gone missing enroute to Indore from Bhopal on Friday as he faced arrest after failing to appear before Jodhpur Police for questioning in a case of sexual assault of a 16-year-old inmate of his ashram the deadline for which expired on Friday. A team of Jodhpur police was on his trail.
Earlier in the day, Bhanwarkuan Police Station Incharge Ashok Tiwari had claimed Indore Police had no information about the whereabouts of the 72-year-old preacher.
"Bapuji will go to Jodhpur once there is improvement in his condition or if there is a need. Otherwise, Jodhpur Police is welcome for questioning," Sai said, adding Asaram had "great respect for law".
He said Asaram was shocked at the demise of his (Sai's) father-in-law Dev Krishnani, who handled the affairs of all his ashrams in Madhya Pradesh, and then sudden illness had prevented him from appearing before Jodhpur police.
"Bapuji had cooperated with police in the past and will continue to do so in future," Sai said.
He also apologised for recent skirmishes between Asaram's supporters and the media and asked the godman's followers to exercise restraint and not create problems for journalists.
Sai rubbished the allegation of rape against his father and said "he will come out unscathed from this controversy as he has in the past."

Attack on scribes: Ashok Gehlot assures action 
Promising action against those responsible for the attack on mediapersons outside Asaram Bapu's ashram in Jodhpur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday alluded to possible involvement of BJP and RSS supporters in the incident.
"Such an incident should be condemned by everyone in one voice. And I have seen BJP and RSS supporters on different occasions in such situations when media goes to perform its role," Gehlot told reporters.
The Chief Minister said it is the act of ‘uncivilized people’ and action would be  taken against the accused.
"It was an act of uncivilised people. The law will take its own course and action will be taken against all those involved in the crime," he said.
He said that the Rajasthan Police is handling the case of the controversial godman properly and no one will be allowed to disturb law and order in the state.
Gehlot said, "Many such attacks have taken place in Gujarat. Some of the politicians in Rajasthan are saying that the Gujarat model should be implemented in Rajasthan. I would like to ask them if this is the model they are talking about in which attacks happen."
On the other hand, police have asked the followers of Asaram Bapu, who have gathered at his Ashram in Jodhpur, to leave.
DCP Jodhpur Ajay Lamba said that borders of the district have been sealed and supporters and followers of Asaram will not be allowed to enter into the city to maintain law and order in the state.
"We have also asked the neighbouring district to make sure that supporters are not mobilized," he said.


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