Rajasthan, April 24: The Jodhpur Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking entry of media persons in Central Jail for the coverage of Asaram Bapu rape case judgment.
Jodhpur Court dismissed the petition seeking entry of media persons in Central Jail of Jodhpur for the coverage of Asaram Bapu rape case judgment.
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As per the directions of the Rajasthan High Court, the trial court will pronounce its verdict in the case in Jodhpur Central Jail premises.
On April 7, the final arguments in the case had been concluded by the special court for SC/ST cases and the court had kept the order reserved to be pronounced on April 25.
Asaram was held on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Shahajahanpur.
The victim, who was studying at Asaram’s ashram at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, had alleged that the godman had called her to his ashram in Manai and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.
Asaram was nabbed from Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. The godman is in judicial custody since September 2, 2013.
A charge sheet against Asaram and four other co-accused namely Shiva, Shilpi, Sharad and Prakash had been filed by police on November 6, 2013, under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Juvenile Justice Act and Indian Penal Code.
The trial of the case had started in the district and session court on March 19, 2017, later it had been shifted to the special court for SC/ST cases on December 16, 2016.