Falahari Baba arrested in Alwar, Rajasthan

Rajasthan Police today arrested self-styled godman Kaushalendra Prapannacharya 'Falahari' Maharaj from Alwar on charges of raping a 21-year-old woman. Rahul Prakash, Superintendent of Police Alwar, confirmed the news. The baba has been arrested under Section 376 (rape) and section 506 (criminal intimidation). Prakash said that baba was taken to a government hospital for a medical check up and he was found fit and healthy. He was then presented before a magistrate from where he was sent to judicial custody till October 6.
The young woman from Chhattisgarh alleged she had been raped by the 70-year-old godman at his ashram in Alwar in Rajasthan on 7 August. Her family has been the Baba's follower for over 15 years and claimed to have given large donations to the godman. Facing sexual assault accusations, the Baba got himself admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Alwar on Wednesday under police security. On Friday, doctors at the hospital found him fit and he was shifted to a private ward. The Baba has followers both in India and abroad.