Delhi Police questions rape accused Daati Maharaj for 7 hours, asks 200 questions
The Delhi Police has questioned self-styled godman Daati Maharaj, who has been accused of raping a disciple in his ashrams, for over seven hours last evening.
He was sent a notice on June 18 to join a probe in the rape case registered against him.
Who is Daati Maharaj?
Daati Maharaj is a self-styled godman and the founder of the Delhi-based Shree Shanidham Trust.
A case has been registered by a former disciple last Sunday who alleged that Daati Maharaj repeatedly raped her at his ashrams in Delhi and Rajasthan two years ago.
The woman had filed a complaint last Sunday against him at the Fatehpur Beri police station in south Delhi. She also named two male disciples of the godman in her complaint.
To investigate the case and gather evidence, a Delhi Police team had visited the godman's ashram in Pali, Rajasthan.
The team, accompanied by the rape victim, however, failed to find the godman at the ashram.
The case was later transferred to the Crime Branch.
The Delhi Police had earlier issued a lookout circular against Daati Maharaj to ensure that he does not leave the country.
The woman has told the police that she had been a disciple of Daati Maharaj for a decade but after she was raped by him, she returned to her home in Rajasthan.
Daati Maharaj's questioning
He reached the Crime Branch office at 3 pm and during those seven hours of questioning, he was asked almost 200 questions out of which he answered most but dodged a few.
Daati Maharaj told the Delhi Police that the woman who is claiming to be the victim is like a daughter to him. According to him, all of this is being done to malign his image.
"I won't blame that girl because she was my daughter and will continue to be that. Even if I am hanged, I won't accuse her. If I have done anything wrong, then the legal authorities will look into that," he told reporters.
The police are not satisfied with some of Daati's answers and will match them with the sequence of events.
He has been called on Friday again for a new round of questioning. Daati has said that he will cooperate during the course of the investigation. However, despite Delhi Police's notice, Daati did not come for the questioning on Monday.
The Delhi Commission for Women wrote to the Deputy Commissioner of Police asking why there was a delay in arresting Daati Maharaj. "It has come to the knowledge of the Commission through media reports that the accused Daati Maharaj has not been arrested till now and he is giving interviews to the media from his ashram. This is a very serious matter," the letter stated.
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