New Delhi, November 14: The Delhi High Court today dismissed self-styled godman Daati Maharaj's Review Petition against its decision of transferring the probe to CBI in the rape case of a 25-year-old woman who lived as a disciple in his ashram.
It is to be noted that the woman had lodged the complaint against Daati Maharaj that he professedly raped her at his ashrams in Delhi and as well as in Rajasthan.
Dati Maharaj, however, in his plea, alleged that the victim in the case had concealed certain information in the matter.
The learned counsel, Senior advocate N Hariharan, appearing on behalf of Daati, also informed the Court earlier, that his Petition was filed before the Supreme Court, who thereafter directed him to approach the High court for redressal of his grievance.
On October 3, the Delhi High Court transferred the rape probe in which Daati Maharaj, a self styled Goodman is an accused of raping a disciple inside Shani Dham two years ago, from Delhi Police Crime Branch to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The case was transferred to CBI, citing the delay by the state police in the issue, which even after registering the FIR and recording of the complainant's statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) did not put any efforts to arrest the accused, for which it also faced slamming of the High Court. However, the police questioned Dati Maharaj in the issue.
On June 7, Daati Maharaj has been booked under sections 354, 376, 377, 34 of Indian Penal Code in Fatehpur Beri Police Station for allegations levelled by a 25-year-old victim claiming that she was raped by Daati Maharaj and his two associates two years ago at the godman’s ashram.
She also told the police that she had been his disciple for a decade but after repeatedly getting raped by the self-styled godman and two of his disciples, returned to her home in Rajasthan.
However, Dati Maharaj has denied all the allegations against him and today's dismissal has paved the way for the CBI to probe the charges against him in an unbiased manner, which was the prominent apprehension of the victim.
Nonetheless, the agency had already registered a case of rape and unnatural sex against Daati Maharaj as per the orders passed by the High Court on October 23.