The Mumbai police on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that no evidence has been found disclosing violation of the Black Magic Act by self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa.
“After recording of statements of the complainants, witnesses and the suspect and searches conducted at the house of Sukhwinder Kaur alias Radhe Maa, it does not disclose evidence of violation of provisions of the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act,” the police said.
The police had filed an affidavit before a division bench of justices V M Kanade and Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi in reply to a PIL by advocate Falguni Brahmbhatt seeking FIR against Radhe Maa alleging obscenity, and police inaction on her complaint.
The police in its affidavit said that pursuant to the complaint received by Brahmbhatt, her statement was recorded and also that of Radhe Maa, who claimed she was implicated.
“FIR has been lodged on a complaint received from Dolly Bindra. Brahmbhatt will be a witness in the case. Searches were also conducted at Nandanvan Bhawan (where Radhe Maa lives) but nothing incriminating was found,” it said.
“To ascertain the status of the trust run by Radhe Maa and if there were any financial irregularities in its functioning, a letter dated August 26 was issued to the office of the Charity Commissioner. A letter has also been sent to the Income Tax department requesting it to look into the financial irregularities as the police does not have jurisdiction,” the affidavit said.
The High Court, after perusing the affidavit, adjourned the matter for hearing after two weeks.