De­mo­li­tion at fake god­man’s ashram

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro -

NEW DELHI: The North Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion on Tuesday de­mol­ished the tem­po­rary struc­ture con­structed on the fifth floor of the Ad­hy­at­mik Vishwa Vidyalaya in Ro­hini.

The de­mo­li­tion was car­ried out by civic agency on the direc­tions of the court. “The drive was car­ried out by the build­ing depart­ment in the pres­ence of heavy po­lice de­ploy­ment an­tic­i­pat­ing re­sis­tance from lo­cals and Dixit’s fol­low­ers,” said se­nior North Cor­po­ra­tion of­fi­cial.

“The depart­ment en­gaged 20 labours and gas cut­ters to col­lapse the ce­mented and tin struc­ture. We have also sealed a por­tion of sec­ond floor con­structed il­le­gally,” said the of­fi­cial.

The Delhi High Court had di­rected the CBI to in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged illegal con­fine­ment of girls and women at the ashram af­ter the court-ap­pointed com­mit­tee said in­mates there were kept in “an­i­mal-like” con­di­tions be­hind metal doors in a “fortresslike” build­ing.

The court di­rected the agency to con­sti­tute a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team forth­with to take charge of all doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the case. At the first hear­ing of the mat­ter, the court had said the sit­u­a­tion at the ashram —Ad­hy­at­mik Vishwa Vidyalaya —at Ro­hini in north Delhi was “sim­i­lar” to the one run in Haryana’s Sirsa, with­out mak­ing any di­rect ref­er­ence to Gurmeet Ram Rahim or the Dera Sacha Sauda sect led by him.

A court-ap­pointed three-mem­ber panel claimed the in­sti­tute was mak­ing the in­mates write let­ters and com­plaints ask­ing sim­i­lar al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­saults against their fam­ily mem­bers.

The com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing Delhi Com­mis­sion for Women chair­per­son Swati Mali­wal and ad­vo­cates Nan­dita Rao and Ajay Verma, said the let­ters and com­plaints were be­ing used to pres­sure the fam­ily mem­bers from ini­ti­at­ing any ac­tion against the ashram or Dixit.

The panel also told the court that FIRs were be­ing lodged against fam­ily mem­bers on the com­plaints and let­ters by in­mates of the ashram. Terming Dixit’s con­duct “ex­tremely sus­pi­cious”, the court on Jan­uary 4 had told the CBI to sub­mit a re­port on his where­abouts.

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