Children's deaths: Asaram's son alleges conspiracy to defame

Narayan Sai, the son of religious guru Asaram Bapu, today deposed before the commission which is probing the mysterious deaths of two children studying at Asaram's Gurukul at Motera here in 2008 and claimed it was a part of a conspiracy to defame his father.

"I believe that...who was a teacher at Gurukul at that time, is the suspect and he had done that as a part of a larger conspiracy to defame my father, our ashrams and Hindu religion," Sai told the Justice (retd) D K Trivedi Commission in his deposition which went on for over seven hours.

Sai also said he did not perform "witchcraft or black magic". "I know there is such a thing as witchcraft, but I don't know what it is, and I have never learnt I firmly disapprove it in my preachings and books too," he said.

The inquiry pertains to deaths of cousins Dipesh and Abhishek Vaghela in July 2008. Their parents have alleged that their children died because of `witchcraft and black magic' performed by Asaram and Narayan Sai.

After his own Ashrams came up at Pedhmal and Virar, and after he started going overseas, he got little time to visit Motera Ashram, Sai said.

"For the past so many years I stay maximum of 4-5 days at Motera Ashram, that too once in one-and-half to two months," he said.

Sai denied any knowledge about the incident of children going missing on July 3, 2008, and discovery of decomposed bodies, with some organs missing, two days later.

"On July 2, 2008 I had landed at Mumbai airport from Mauritius and from there I went to Ahmedabad very late on July 3. I just stopped at the gate of Motera Ashram and straightway drove to Pedhmala Ashram," he claimed.

The Commission asked several questions to Sai to see if the evidence submitted by some of the former followers of Asaram was corroborated or contradicted by him.

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