BAREILLY: Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, currently in jail for allegedly raping a Rajasthan teen has been in news for all wrong reasons lately. The controversial spiritual guru in a recent development to the case is reportedly heard on tape offering a bribe to one of the witnesses.

The accusations of bribing the witness have come from the father of the girl who was allegedly sexually molested by the aged saint. 

According to the reports, he has already shared the audio clip with the police. Witness Kirpal Singh with whom Asaram reportedly spoke to in the tape died few days ago. However, the father of the girl claims that Singh shared the tape with him ahead of his death and informed of it being eight months old. (Also Read: I am responsible for all attacks against witnesses, says Asaram Bapu)

Believing the claims from the father of the rape survivor, Asaram called Kirpal Singh from jail and is heard saying that he would get “50 per cent in advance and the rest after the job is done.”

“The authenticity of the audio clip is being verified and if proved genuine, it will be used in investigations,” senior police officer Babloo Kumar was quoted in a media report.

With a big number of followers and famous for his discourses on Hinduism, 74-year-old Asaram has denied all charges against him.

After being attacked in Shahjahanpur on July 10, Kirpal Singh died in a Bareillly hospital the next day and is the ninth witness in the case against Asaram Bapu who was attacked and the third one to be killed. (Also Read: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy meets jailed Asaram Bapu, promises to fight his case)

The conversation between Kripal Singh and Asaram was allegedly organized by two of the guru’s followers who are also key suspects in Kripal Singh’s murder, a report said. (Also Read: Prime witness in Asaram Bapu’s rape case shot at)