Child rape accused Asaram Bapu stayed put here on Friday and later reached his ashram at Indore around 10.30 p.m., though he was served a summons by the Jodhpur police to appear before them on August 31.

The Jodhpur police are expected to reach Indore at dawn. The godman may be arrested after interrogation.

Earlier, Asaram's son and religious associate Narayan Sai told reporters that his father would not leave this city until his health improved.

“We have cancelled tickets to Delhi, which we had for this morning, after his health deteriorated. Bapu has helped the police in the past and will continue to do so. But he cannot leave here until he recovers.”

Mr. Sai said that his father was under panchakarma ayurvedic treatment, although he refused to disclose the name of the ailment or the physician treating him.

He had termed the plaintiff in the case mentally unstable as “she took two-and-a-half hours to bathe.”

The 16-year-old was a student in Asaram’s school in Chhindwara. She alleged rape by the godman when she met him in Jodhpur on August 15.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Asaram’s lawyer had called up the Jodhpur police to ask for more time as he was mourning his relative Dev Krishnani in Bhopal.