Jodhpur: A local court on Sunday sent self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, arrested over allegations of sexual assault levelled against him by a sixteen year old female inmate of his ashram, to a one-day police custody.
Following his interrogation in Jodhpur, the police said that the godman, while cooperating with the investigation, refuted all allegations against him.
"Asaram denied the charges and said he is innocent," Jodhpur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph told reporters in Jodhpur city.
The police chief said Asaram had undergone a medical examination and the doctors had declared he was fine.
"We would recreate the crime scene during investigation and the accused would be taken to the place of incident," said Joseph.
Earlier, a Rajasthan Police team flew Asaram Bapu, 72, to Jodhpur city in the afternoon after arresting him past midnight Saturday from his ashram in Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
The girl lodged a complaint Aug 20, accusing Asaram of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur. Asaram has denied the charge, and his son has claimed the girl was "mentally unstable".
Asaram has been booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code.
According to the allegations of the girl, who studied at Asaram's ashram in Madhya Pradesh's Chhindwara and stayed in a girls' hostel there, the guru sexually assaulted her on the pretext of exorcism.