The Gandhinagar Sessions Court on Saturday extended Asaramís remand by four days.
His remand period got over on Saturday after which he was produced in the court. The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the Surat sistersí sexual assault case against the self-styled godman, demanded a 10-day extension of his remand to probe into evidence that the sisters had submitted to the team.
In a fresh twist to the case, the SIT said that Asaram and his ashramís officials used to force girls ó who became pregnant after being sexually assaulted ó to abort. The Surat sisters have reportedly produced evidence pertaining to abuse and abortions.
In the remand plea, the SIT stated that Asaram was not cooperating during the investigation, his recent potency test result matches with that conducted in Jodhpur, ashram activities and the role of his wife Laxmi and daughter Bharti are yet to be probed.
Asaramís advocate B M Gupta said, ďWe have cooperated with the police and told the court to grant the remand period of as many days as the police want. However, the police donít have evidence to prove their case. The police are being inhuman to him. The court has granted remand period till October 22.Ē
Laxmi and Bharti appeared before the Ahmedabad police on Saturday, following the Gandhinagar Sessions Courtís orders. Despite security, the women followers of Asaram shouted slogans against the police.
The Gandhinagar Sessions Court, while passing an order on October 18, had granted anticipatory bail to Laxmi and Bharti asking them to appear before the police between 10 am and 1 pm on October 19. The duo had allegedly gone Ďmissingí after Asaram was brought to Ahmedabad from Jodhpur. They handed over their passports to the police and were asked to appear whenever necessary for procedures.
The Chandkheda police resorted to lathicharge to disperse their supporters, who had surrounded the police station and obstructed the policeís work.
The two women will be questioned by the SIT on October 20.
SIT chief J K Bhatt said, ďLaxmi and Bharti will be questioned at the ATS office in