Delhi HC transfers case against Daati Maharaj to CBI

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Wednesday transferred the sexual assault case against self-styled godman Daati Maharaj to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The case was being probed by Delhi Police.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao transferred the case to the investigating agency on a petition by the victim.

The incident came to light after the woman filed a case alleging that the founder of the Delhi-based Shree Shanidham Trust had subjected her to rape and unnatural sex.

The High Court pulled up the Delhi Police for not arresting the self-styled godman, and transferred the matter to the CBI.

Delhi Police on October 1 filed the chargesheet against Daati Maharaj and others in the case. The court said the CBI can file a supplementary chargesheet and directed the agency to submit a report on investigation in three weeks.

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The court has listed the case for the next hearing on October 30.

The bench was hearing two pleas, one by the complainant and the other a public interest litigation, seeking transfer of the case to the CBI.

–IANS

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