January 04, 2018 09:47 AM

New Delhi (Face2News)

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday registered three cases on the orders dated 20.12.2017 of Hon'ble Delhi High Court in W.P (C) No.11382/2017  against self-styled godman Virendra Dev Dixit in Rohini in the national Capital  in connection with the alleged illegal confinement of girls and women, and rape at  ashram and taken over the investigation of these cases, earlier registered at Police Station Vijay Vihar, Rohini, Delhi vide FIR No.88/17 dated 19.01.2017 u/s 376(2)(N), 506, 344, 34 of IPC.

FIR no.1353/17 dated 12.11.2017 u/s 376(2)(N) 506 of IPC against said Dixit for alleged incident of Rape & criminal intimidation and FIR no. 1445/2017 dated 19.12.2017 u/s 186, 353, 332, 342 & 34 of IPC for the alleged incident of Assault, Wrongful Confinement, Voluntarily causing hurt & obstruction of duty on the members of High Court appointed committee.

CBI has also constituted a Special Investigation Team in the matter relating to Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya Ashram, Rohini, New Delhi on the orders of Hon'ble Delhi High Court. Further investigation is in progress. The agency has taken over these cases from Rohini police,which cracked down on the self-style godman last month, rescued dozens of captive girls, and filed two FIRs against him and one against an unknown person. The charges against the Godman include rape and criminal intimidation of two women and their wrongful  confinement.

The unknown persons have been charged with assault, wrongful confinement, causing  hurt to members of a High
Court-constituted panel who visited the ashram. Acting on the orders of the Delhi High  Court, the agency has also
formed a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed  by a superintendent-level officer to probe these matters. A DCW team, including its chief Swati Maliwal, along with Ajay Verma, advocate, appointed as amicus curiae by Delhi High Court in the matter, visited  several ashrams of Dixit  ashram in Delhi and interacted
with the inmates.

The panel had informed  the court that 100 girls and women were living in “animallike  conditions with no privacy
even for bathing,” adding  that inmates seemed to be under the influence of drugs. The panel had also told the
Delhi Highcourt that there was an adjoining  building where male staff was being housed and that there was a possibility that there were minor boys there and that it was probably connected to the women’s building by an underground tunnel.

Taking note of the “seriousness and the sensitivity of the matter”, a Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar had asked the CBI director to forthwith constitute a SIT which will take charge of all the records and documents pertaining to the matter. The court had asked the CBI to investigate the FIRs lodged in Delhi against the Rohini-based ashram and its founder-cum-spiritual head Dixit and the daily diary entries relating to complaints of missing girls, commission of sexual offences and even a case of suicide there. Interestingly, just two months ago in November last year, the Delhi Police gave a clean chit to the godman on complaints of sexual assaults and confinement of minor girls in Ashram.

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