Biratnagar, December 13
District Court Sunsari today extended remand of rape-accused Krishna Bahadur Giri, popularly known as Siddhababa, by three more days for the third time.
District Police Office Sunsari had sought Siddhababa’s extension for ten days as it would take time to collect evidences related to the rape incident. However, the district court extended the remand by three days only, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Binod Sharma. He was earlier remanded to custody for four days on November 30 and his remand was extended by seven days on December 6.
One of his female followers had registered a rape case against Siddhababa with Sunsari DPO saying she was called to his ashram where he raped her, on October 21.
The spiritual guru was admitted to Birat Nursing Home on November 28.
Police had reached the court to get an arrest order against him on December 1. The court had issued an arrest warrant the next day.
Siddhababa, who is undergoing treatment at Birat Nursing Home, has not been cooperating with the police in the investigation. “When police approach Siddhababa, he says doctors have asked him not to talk. It took time to record his statements due to his health condition,” said DSP Sharma.
The female, who filed an FIR against Siddhababa on rape charge, has submitted the audio conversation between Siddhababa and her to the police.
“The female has submitted an audio record of 120 minutes to the police for investigation,” police said. The audio record will be sent to Central Police Forensic Science Laboratory for test. “We have recorded the voice of Siddhababa as well and sent both the records for lab test”, said DSP Sharma.
A version of this article appears in print on December 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.