New Delhi, Aug 28, 2017: The Supreme Court of India on Monday questioned the Gujarat government about the slow trial in the rape case involving self-styled godman Asaram Bapu.
The apex court asked the counsel why the rape victim has not been examined till date and ordered the Gujarat government to submit a progress report.
The Jodhpur Police arrested Asaram on August 3, 2013 and since then, he is in prison over allegations of raping a 16-year-old schoolgirl at his ashram earlier that year. Two months later he, along with his son Narayan Sai, were booked for the alleged rape of two sisters at their ashram in Gujarat’s Surat. The trial is pending in a court in Gandhinagar.
Earlier in April, a bench comprising of the then Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul directed a Gujarat trial to expedite hearing in the case.
“The trial court is directed to expedite the examination of witnesses as expeditiously as may be practically possible,” the bench had said.
The court had earlier rejected Asaram’s plea seeking bail on grounds of poor health.