HC notice to Daati Maharaj on CBI challenging bail

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked self-styled godman Daati Maharaj and others to file a response on a CBI plea seeking cancellation of their anticipatory bail in a rape case.

The bail was granted to them by a trial court in January. Justice Chander Shekhar issued the notice to the godman and three of his associates as he listed the matter for next hearing on August 26.

Earlier, the High Court had ordered transferring the probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation from the Delhi Police.

Daati Maharaj alias Dati Madan Lal Rajasthani has been named in the CBI FIR along with Ashok, Arjun and Anil — all known by their first names — for raping a 25-year-old woman at his Ashram in Fatehpur Beri on January 9, 2016, and for having unnatural sex with the victim.

The Delhi Police in June 2018 registered the case on a complaint from the Delhi-based victim and later filed a charge sheet against Daati Maharaj and others.