SC refuses to hear Daati Maharaj’s plea opposing transfer of case to CBI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the plea of self-styled godman Daati Maharaj against the Delhi High Court order of transferring the rape case against him to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Last week, Daati Maharaj had moved the Supreme Court arguing that he was not heard before passing the order to transfer the case to the CBI.

The High Court on October 3 allowed the alleged victim’s plea seeking transfer of the case to the CBI, saying that the manner in which the Delhi Police carried out the probe “casts a shadow on the investigation.”

Previously, the probe was being helmed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch.

Daati Maharaj is accused of raping a disciple two years ago and was booked under Sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex), 354 (molestation) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, he has maintained that he is being framed in a false case.

The 25-year-old complainant had alleged that she was raped at Gurukul Ashwasan in Rajasthan’s Bal Gram, adding that she did not file a complaint earlier as she felt intimidated by the self-styled godman.

On June 7, a complaint was filed against Daati Madan Lal alias Daati Maharaj and on June 11 an FIR was registered.