Deaths in Ashram: No evidence of black magic, says lawyer

Seven persons from Asaram Ashram had been booked under the charge of causing death by negligence

In a significant development in the mysterious deaths of two minor boys from Asaram Ashram run gurukul, the lawyer of the deceased' parents has admitted before the D K Trivedi Commission that there is no evidence in the case that suggests that black magic was practised on the two boys. The admission has come recently before the Commission where the concerned parties are making final submissions on the entire evidence that has come on record.

The Commission has finished recording of evidence in the matter and is in its final stage of recording submissions of the concerned parties on the evidence. The Commission's term expires on March 31 this year.

Praful Vaghela and Shantilal Vaghela — fathers of the two deceased boys Dipesh and Abhishek — are appearing before the Commission regularly through their counsel, Subramaniam Aiyer.

Aiyer concluded his arguments before the Commission last Friday and during his arguments he has admitted that there was no evidence in the case of the two boys' deaths which suggests black magic. He has also admitted that the evidence pertaining to black magic being practised by Asaram Bapu and his son, Narayan Sai, is not relevant to the case and that he is not relying on it.

Talking to The Indian Express Aiyer said he has admitted before the Commission that there was no evidence that suggested black magic behind the two deaths. He also said there was some evidence where some people stated that they witnessed black magic being practised by Asaram Bapu but, that was not relevant to the case of the two deceased boys and they were not relying on it.

"We are not ruling out that black magic was not practised on the two boys. But, we are saying that in the present set of evidence, there is nothing that suggests that black magic was there," Aiyer said.

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