The Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani on Tuesday, had listed the hearing of Review Petition filed by Dati Maharaj, self styled Goodman, in a sexual assault case on November 2.
The present Bench opined that the Review Petition must be heared by the same bench who had passed the earlier orders and accordingly listed the matter before the Bench of the Chief Justice and Justice V K Rao, who earlier dealt with the matter and issued order to transfer the case from Delhi Police Crime Branch to the CBI.
Dati Maharaj moved High Court against court's order of October 3 in which it transferred the probe regarding sexual assault of a disciple inside Shani Dham two years ago, from Delhi Police Crime Branch to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
In his plea, it was alleged that the victim had concealed certain information in the matter.
The learned counsel, Senior advocate N Hariharan, appearing on behalf of Daati, informed the Court that earlier his Petition was filed before the Supreme Court which directed to approach the High court for redressal of his grievance.
On October 1, the Crime Branch had filed a chargesheet in the case whereas the victim had registered the First Information Report(FIR) in June at the Fatehpur Beri police station against Maharaj, and others including a woman. Daati Maharaj was then booked under Sections 376, 377, 354 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
On October 23, High Court transferred case to CBI.
On October 26, the agency registered a case of rape and unnatural sex against Daati Maharaj.
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.
The issue pertains to a 25-year-old woman who lived as a disciple in his ashram, had lodged the complaint that Daati Maharaj professedly raped her at his ashrams in Delhi and as well as in Rajasthan.
The survivor approached the Delhi High Court seeking probe by the CBI and also pleaded for the arrest of the accused by the investigation agency.