Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Sep 30:
Disgraced self-proclaimed Odisha godman today said he was being falsely implicated and was being mentally tortured in jail.
He was produced in the sub divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) court here in connection with the sexual harassment and threat complaint lodged against him by a woman.
“I have not done anything. I have been framed. I am being tortured in jail. I am hearing human voice after two months. For the last 15 days I have been kept in solitary confinement and living with 15 trees and no one is allowed to meet me,” Santosh Roula aka Sarathi baba told media persons outside the court.
No bail petition was filed by Sarathi Baba’s counsel; neither did crime branch ask for a remand. Technically, however, it can ask for a fresh remand in the next 15 days. Crime Branch sources said the agency had already extracted whatever information it wanted while interrogating him during his earlier remand and hence there was no need to take him on fresh remand.
Cuttack SDJM court has sent Sarathi Baba to judicial custody till October 13 when he would be produced in the court next. However, his next appearance in court is likely to be through video conferencing. He had to come in person today because it was the first date of hearing in the case filed by the medico alleging harassment and threat.