CBI registers rape case against Daati Maharaj, 3 others

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered a case of rape and unnatural sex against self-styled godman Daati Maharaj and three others.

On October 22, the Supreme Court refused to hear his plea against the Delhi High Court's order of transferring the rape case to the CBI.

Last week, the controversial godman had moved the top court arguing that he was not heard before passing the order to transfer the case to the CBI.

The High Court on October 3 allowed the alleged victim's plea seeking transfer of the case to the CBI, saying that the manner in which the Delhi Police carried out the probe "casts a shadow on the investigation."

Previously, the probe was being helmed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch.

Daati Maharaj is accused of raping a disciple two years ago and was booked under Sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex), 354 (molestation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, he has maintained that he is being framed in a false case.

The 25-year-old complainant had alleged that she was raped at Gurukul Ashwasan in Rajasthan's Bal Gram, adding that she did not file a complaint earlier as she felt intimidated by her alleged rapist.

On June 7, a complaint was filed against Daati Madan Lal alias Daati Maharaj and on June 11 an FIR was registered.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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