Indore: The daughter-in-law of self- styled ‘godman’ Asaram Bapu on Tuesday accused him and his son Narayan Sai of harassing her.
She levelled the charge against her father-in-law and husband, currently in jail in separate rape cases, while recording a statement before the police.
A senior officer of Khajurana Police Station said Janaki, Narayan’s wife, had on September 19 lodged a complaint and the police called her on Tuesday to record her statement in which she reiterated the harassment charge. Janaki’s lawyer Rohit Yadav said she handed over wedding photographs and some documents to the police.
The 38-year-old, in her complaint, alleged her husband Narayan Harpalani had illegitimate relations with a lady disciple at his ashram, and when the woman allegedly became pregnant, Narayan said he wanted to marry her. Janaki told her husband he can marry the disciple after divorcing her.
Narayan allegedly tied the knot with her in Rajasthan keeping Janaki in the dark, the complaint said. Janaki also alleged that under Asaram’s pressure and influence, her father Devraj Krishnani donated his valuable property to the godman’s Bhopal ashram. According to Janaki, she married Narayan on May 22, 1997. Both Asaram and Narayan are in jail, in Jodhpur and Surat, respectively, in connection with separate rape cases.