Two responses from me "Goddamn look at the size of that house! and 

"A judge refused him bail on the ground that he was likely to influence the 

Smart judge.
On Fri, 1/17/14, Rick Archer <> wrote:

 Subject: [FairfieldLife] Girish Varma's judicial remand extended
 Date: Friday, January 17, 2014, 4:08 PM
       Maharishi Mahesh
 Yogi Vedic University chancellor Girish Chandra Varma's
 judicial remand extendedTNN |
 Jan 16, 2014, 12.28 PM IST BHOPAL:  Court extended judicial remand of
 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic
 University chancellor
 Girish Chandra
 Varma on
 Wednesday till January 29.
 Court of additional chief judicial magistrate Varsha Sharma
 extended the judicial remand.
 Counsel for Varma, Vijay Choudhary, said, "Judicial
 remand extended for January 29."
 Varma was arrested on December 29 on rape charge and was
 initially sent in police custody till January 1, thereafter
 he was sent to judicial custody till January 15.
 He was arrested by Mahila Thana police from his sprawling
 10-acre ashram on Bhojpur Road in Bhopal following a
 complaint filed by the victim about 9 months
 ago.====================================================== Jailed for rape, he
 is ‘sham’ to his accusers, ‘celibate’ to his
 followersExpress News Service | January 10, 2014
 12:48   Girish
 Chandra Varma and his ashram-cum-home on the outskirts of
 Bhopal. (Express Archive)  It has been a habit with Girish Chandra
 Varma to ring in the new year by observing maun vrat for the
 first three days, apparently to purify himself and enhance
 spiritual awareness. This New Year’s Eve, too, he was
 preparing to retreat to his sprawling ashram-cum-residence
 on the outskirts of Bhopal with his family and attendants.
 He did not, however, get to keep his annual tryst with
 spirituality and silence there. The police took him away on
 the charge of repeatedly raping a teacher in his employ.Varma, 53, who sports 
a flowing beard
 and white robes, is a nephew of late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,
 controls an empire, and commands a large following. He heads
 a chain of 145 schools called Maharishi Vidya Mandir,
 management and IT colleges and a Vedic university each in
 Jabalpur and Bilaspur. This is part of the legacy of the
 maharishi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation
 programme. After the maharishi’s death in 2008, his vast
 empire of educational and other institutions in India and
 abroad was shared among various members of the
 family.Varma and his followers insist he is
 celibate but the teacher’s husband says it is a sham.
 “Even the maun vrat was a sham for the consumption of the
 outside world. Inside the ashram he would talk to us,”
 says the husband, who too worked with Varma and who alleges
 the latter sexually exploited him, too.While he was in police custody,
 however, Varma did refuse to speak because of the maun vrat.
 Whenever he needed something, he would write the demand on a
 piece of paper, police sources say. He is now in judicial
 custody.Now 41, the woman who has accused him
 of exploitation was first employed as a teacher a decade ago
 in a school in Arera Colony before being transferred to a
 school in Ratanpur. She has alleged that Varma forced her
 into sex through the decade. She says she had kept quiet
 because he had filmed her in the nude at a group institution
 in Noida. The police, however, are yet to find any video
 footage or photographs.Her husband, 49, spent 27 years with
 the group’s institutions in various capacities, including
 that of Varma’s personal assistant. “My father had
 taught him music in a Jabalpur college and he was a family
 friend,” the husband says.He alleges Varma sexually exploited him
 on a trip to the Netherlands in 1992, but he won’t press
 the charge, because the case is old and he has no evidence.
 Varma, he alleges, would insist on taking his wife along and
 once took her by a chartered flight to Varanasi from
 Noida.The couple have two daughters, aged 16
 and seven.The woman had approached the state
 commission for women in March last year but what led to
 Varma’s arrest last week was her threat to immolate
 herself.Varma’s followers and employees call
 him brahmachari (celibate) or bhaiyyaji. They accuse the
 couple of trying to blackmail the group because they were
 thrown out of service. The husband lost his job in 2012 and
 the wife lost hers after filing the complaint.“The group’s institutions employ
 nearly 5,000 women but no one else has levelled such
 allegations,” says V R Khare, a retired principal chief
 conservator of forests who has recently joined the
 group.“I am celibate. God is watching,”
 Varma said in court. “The woman is working at someone’s
 behest. My enemies are backing her. Allegations were
 levelled against me in the past too but like always I will
 emerge unscathed.”A judge refused him bail on the ground
 that he was likely to influence the probe. The clout he
 enjoys was on display during his time in police custody,
 when he was allowed various facilities.The husband alleges the police made him
 and his wife give statements on several occasions, hoping to
 find some inconsistencies that would eventually weaken the
 case against Varma.Nearly one lakh students study in
 schools under the group, besides 12,000 students who are
 imparted free training in Vedic rituals in gurukuls. There
 are thousands of teachers and employees. The value of the
 properties owned by the group runs into hundreds of
 crores.Varma, who had joined his uncle about
 two decades ago, spent several years abroad. He moved to
 Bhopal when the group shifted its headquarters from Noida.
 The couple who have made the allegations had come to Bhopal
 before that.Initially, land measuring 5.5 acres was
 purchased for Varma’s house in Chaand village on Bhojpur
 Road. Later, an adjacent five acres was added to the
 complex, which has an office, and space for havan and
 meditation. His supporters now perform havan every day for
 his release.The police last week seized an Audi
 after the woman alleged she was forced into having sex
 inside it. Varma’s minders insist he rarely travelled in
 it, let alone commit a crime in it.  

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