CBI registers rape case against self-styled godman Daati Maharaj

Daati Maharaj

New Delhi, Oct 26: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered a case of rape and of unnatural sex against self-styled godman Daati Maharaj and three others. 

The development took place nearly a week after the controversial godman had approached the supreme court arguing that he was not heard before passing the order to transfer the case to the CBI.

Earlier on October 3, the High Court allowed the alleged victim’s plea seeking transfer of the case to the CBI, saying that the manner in which the Delhi Police conducted the probe “casts a shadow on the investigation.”

Previously, the Delhi Police Crime Branch was doing the probe.

Daati Maharaj is accused of raping a disciple in 2016 and was booked under Sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex), 354 (molestation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The woman disciple had alleged that she was sexually assaulted inside Shani Dham two years ago. Because of fear and social stigma, she didn’t file a complaint earlier as she felt intimidated by the self-styled godman.

The woman registered the case at Fatehpur Beri police station on Jun 10 this year.


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