The Delhi High Court on Monday ordered the inspection of an ashram based by self-styled godman Virender Dev Dixit, who has been absconding for a number of years in a number of rape instances.
The order got here in response to a petition by the mom of a girl who resided within the ashram, Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidhyalaya, allegedly beneath the affect of people related to Dixit.
Expressing concern over the allegations of rape in opposition to Dixit, the court docket directed the state to file a standing report within the matter.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) knowledgeable the court docket that two FIRs had been registered in opposition to Dixit for alleged rape, and efforts had been underway to apprehend him.
The court docket noticed that the ashram had solely 5 ladies, together with the petitioner’s daughter, and directed the state to conduct an inspection of the ashram in collaboration with the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).
The bench headed by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait and likewise comprising Justice Manoj Jain, ordered a recent standing report back to be filed.
During the proceedings, the petitioner’s daughter, who is eighteen years previous, was produced earlier than the court docket. It was revealed that she was residing within the ashram voluntarily.
The court docket listed the case for additional listening to on January 24 and requested the petitioner’s daughter to not go away the ashram within the meantime. The state was additionally directed to current her in the course of the subsequent listening to.
The CBI on November 24 final 12 months, informed the court docket that it’s engaged on finding and arresting Dixit.
Earlier, the court docket had expressed satisfaction with the makes an attempt and progress made by CBI within the matter.
On perusing the probe company’s standing report earlier, it had noticed that the CBI was making “earnest efforts” to adjust to the court docket’s instructions.
The standing report was filed in a sealed cowl, and the court docket was informed that the accused appears to be outdoors India.
“We will arrest him quickly. We have taken assist of Interpol, ” CBI’s counsel had informed.
The court docket had then additionally requested the investigating company to file a recent standing report.
Earlier, the excessive court docket had granted the company permission to freeze the financial institution accounts of Dixit.
A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma (now elevated to SC) and Justice Sanjeev Narula had expressed satisfaction with the efforts made by the CBI to find and apprehend Dixit.
Besides the current case, a petition was filed in 2017 by NGO Foundation for Social Empowerment, which alleged that Dixit had illegally confined a number of minor women and girls at his “non secular college” and that the ladies weren’t allowed to satisfy their dad and mom.
Another petition by an aged couple alleges their “highly educated daughter” was misled into dwelling there and was harbouring “overvalued ideas”.
Notably, the CBI had recognized sure financial institution accounts linked to the fugitive.
The court docket had recommended the CBI’s ongoing efforts and allowed them to proceed with freezing the financial institution accounts in accordance with the regulation. It granted the CBI a further six weeks to proceed their actions and listed the matter for subsequent listening to in November.
On May 31, the court docket had directed the CBI to take steps to apprehend Dixit. It was delivered to the court docket’s consideration that Dixit or his followers had been importing movies on varied platforms, together with YouTube and social media, regardless of him being a fugitive.
The excessive court docket had instructed the CBI to find Dixit and examine accusations of unlawful confinement, with reviews indicating that women and girls had been being stored in inhumane circumstances behind metallic doorways inside a fortress-like ashram surrounded by barbed wire.
In 2022, the court docket had requested the ashram to justify why it shouldn’t be taken over by the Delhi authorities and expressed doubts about whether or not the inmates had been dwelling there voluntarily.