The Surat city police filed a charge sheet against self styled godman Narayan Sai and 29 others under sections of rape (376), outraging a woman's modesty (354), having unnatural intercourse (377), criminal intimidation, wrongful confinement, rioting, inciting a riot and others, of the IPC, in the sexual harassment case, in the court of Surat District Chief Magistrate J N Thakker on Saturday.
Assistant commissioner of police Mukesh Patel submitted the 1100-page charge sheet on the 88th day of Sai's arrest.
The charge sheet annexes statements of more than 150 witnesses. Till now police have arrested 30 accused including Sai, and five have been listed as absconding. They are Monica Agrawal, Pawan Kumar, Ajay Mishra, Pratima and Chetan Paal. The investigating agency had gathered medical as well as scientific evidence in this case. The cops have charged all the accused under 19 different sections of IPC.
It is to be noted that Narayan Sai is at present in judicial custody at Surat district central jail. The complainant's husband is recovering from Friday's brutal attack on him by an unknown assailant, and is in hospital.
He survived deep injuries on his neck and face and a separate FIR was filed in this case and investigations are on. Police sources said Narayan Sai will be also questioned in this case, as one of the suspects.
Apart from the rape charges, Sai also faces charges of bribery after police recovered Rs. 8 crore cash purported to influence police, judiciary, doctors of government hospital and jail authorities to weaken the case.