New Delhi: The Crime Branch of Investigation (CBI) on Friday booked self-styled godman Daati Madanlal Rajasthan aka Daati Maharaj, who runs a temple in South Delhi, for allegedly raping and having unnatural sex with an inmate of his ashram.

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court has pulled up the Delhi Police for not arresting Daati Maharaj in the case and had transferred the matter to the CBI.

A complaint was filed against Daati Maharaj on June 7 and an FIR was registered on June 11.

On June 22, police had questioned the accused, who has been charged with alleged rape of a disciple at his ashrams in Delhi and Rajasthan.

The accused has claimed he was being framed in the case.

The complainant has filed the case against the preacher, his three brothers and a woman at the Fatehpur Beri police station in South Delhi.

The case was later transferred to the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.

The high court, while transferring the case to the CBI, had said the manner in which police had carried out the probe “casts a shadow on the investigation”.

The high court had said police did not arrest the accused in the case even after recording of the complainant’s statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

The police had claimed before the high court that arrests were not made in the case as there were discrepancies and contradictions in the woman’s statement.

It had also alleged that other women, who according to the complainant were also assaulted by the accused, have denied such allegations when they were questioned.

A trial court had earlier taken strong exception to the manner in which probe was being conducted in the case, saying the investigating officer had not been able to explain the efforts made to ensure that the accused does not abscond during the investigation.

It had directed the deputy commissioner of police (Crime Branch) to monitor the probe and ensure that a status report is filed before the court every week.