Asaram Bapu case still in abeyance on April 9, 2004?
Posted by robertpriddy on April 9, 2014
Presumably because Asaram Bapu is still hospitalised, there has been no news on his case available anywhere for weeks. One would hope that this is not a politically-influenced abeyance, which is not beyond the realm of possibility, knowing how the Indian political elite condones and has protected unconvicted criminals like Sathya Sai Baba and many another. Despite the protestations of his innocence by a numerous of his band of followers (though it has surely vastly decreased), the circumstantial evidence that has accumulated around the case is alone sufficient to show that he and his son are far from being saintly persons, by any stretch of the sane imagination. According to India Today, a City Commissioner of Police, Rakesh Asthana, told reporters, “The scrutiny of documents recovered during the raid has established that wealth of Asaram’s ashrams in the form of bank accounts and other investments including shares, debentures and government bonds (excluding land) is valued at Rs.9,000-Rs.10,000 crore. The value of land has not been included in the assessment of Rs.10,000 crore,” he said, adding the figures can escalate as there are many more documents still to be retrieved.” (Note: 10,000 crore of rupees = 100 billion rupees = ca $ US 1.6 billion) Police raids at one of Asaram’s properties in Ahmedabad few months ago, unearthed thousands of documents detailing his financial transactions which was brought to the city in more than 40 big bags. In Gujarat, they hold land at 45 places in 10 districts. Also, they own land at 33 places across eight districts in four states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, the CP said.
That such persons could accumulate the gigantic wealth (without earning it from productive work) is itself a massive indictment of the entire judiciary and corrupt socio-religious culture involved. Asaram and son are prime examples of the very widespread corrupt super-rich guru culture of India, which is like a plague on the innocent but all too gullible and religiously indoctrinated population.
The scanned excerpt from Frontline below here shows that awareness of the destructiveness of this guru culture of India and its poverty-stricken millions is at least on the agenda sufficiently for much mainstream media, at long last, to allow such critical comments.
See also links to a full range of Asaram Bapu crimes and events at Asaram Bapu news and exposures