Controversial spiritual leader Asaram, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl in Jodhpur, on Friday claimed he was innocent and alleged that a conspiracy was afoot against him.
He further said even Lord Buddha had faced such ordeals.
"I am innocent. The girl has been misguided by someone. Sooner or later, she and her family will realise this and will come to me," Asaram said today.
"It is a conspiracy. I know who are behind this, but I don't want to name them," he told a Gujarati news channel.
Parents of the teenage girl filed a complaint against Asaram at Kamla Market police station in Delhi on August 20, alleging he had sexually assaulted her during the time they were visiting Asaram's Jodhpur ashram.
"Lord Buddha too had faced such kind of allegations and I am also facing the same. But the truth will come out. I am appealing to my followers to keep calm, have patience and to ensure no harm is done to the family of this girl," he said.
Asaram added, "Even if they put me behind bars, I am willing to go to jail with a smiling face. And I think I want to spend some time in Tihar jail. I consider jail as my Vaikunth (heaven)."
Asaram had come under heavy criticism earlier this year after he said the victim of the brutal gangrape in Delhi would have escaped the ordeal had she called her attacker ‘brothers’ and pleaded for mercy.
The controversial godman is also facing a probe in connection with the mysterious death of two teenaged boys who were studying at his gurukul (residential school) in Ahmedabad.
Photograph Courtesy: http://www.ashram.org/