Just days after the apex body of sadhus in India released the list of babas it considered fake, rape accused Asaram called himself a donkey.
While being produced before a trial court on Thursday, a journalist him for his reaction on the declaration of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, Asaram said that he considered himself belonging to “the category of donkeys.”
On 10 September, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, had released a list of 14 “fake babas” and demanded a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders” by bringing in a legislation.
The list included the names of the rapist baba, Gurmeet Singh, Rampal, Asaram and his son Narayan Sai among others.
The parishad’s president Swami Narendra Giri had said, “We appeal to even the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis.”
The 76-year-old Asaram, who is currently facing a trial for raping a teen girl at his ashram in Jodhpur in 2013, has been in jail since then. He’s applied for bail at least on seven occasions with court rejecting all his pleas.
His son Narayan Sai is accused of raping a woman disciple of his father’s between 2002 and 2005 at their ashram in Surat. Asaram had several high profile followers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajasthan chief minister, Vasundhara Raje Scindia and other top BJP leaders frequently paying visits to his ashram in the past.