Warrant threat works, Asaram, son agree to appear before panel
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Following their written assurance to appear before it, Justice D K Trivedi Commission on Friday fixed December 1 and November 11 as dates for the deposition of Asaram Bapu and his son Narayn Sai in connection with the mysterious deaths of two minor boys two days after they had gone missing from a gurukul run by the religious guru at Motera in July 2008.
The order from the panel probing the two deaths came amid protests from the state government as well as the parents of victims, who said they did not have "trust in the words of" Asaram and his son and demanded that warrants be issued against them.
The father-son duo have been evading summons from the Commission for long. Following their failure to appear on Thursday, the Commission had said it would decide on Friday if warrants could be issued against the two. However, on Friday, an administrator of Asaram Ashram-run gurukul produced a written assurance from Asaram and his son expressing their willingness to depose before the Commission.
The panel, while fixing the dates for their deposition, observed that even if it issued warrants against the two, it was not guaranteed these would be successfully served on them by police.
The panel has directed Asaram and his son to file an undertaking by November 10 to make it clear they would appear before it on due dates.
Apex court rejects plea for CBI probe
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to order a CBI probe into the death of two boys in religious guru Asaram Bapu's ashram in Ahmedabad in 2008.
A bench headed by Justice P Sathasivam dismissed the plea filed by family members of the victims.
The family members had alleged the ashram authorities were involved in the case and it was not possible for the state police to conduct a free and fair investigation.