Rape Case: No relief for Asaram, as SC adjourns hearing on bail plea by nine weeks

Asaram Bapu
Asaram Bapu, File Photo

New Delhi 22: Supreme court on Monday adjourned the hearing on the bail plea of Asaram by nine weeks and said it will taken it up after the trial court examine the victim.

The Gujarat government told the apex court that the victim in a rape case involving self-styled preacher Asaram Bapu will be examined from January 29.

A Bench of Justices N.V. Ramana and A.M. Sapre, which was initially inclined to reject the bail plea, stated the petitioner can easily approach after the victim is examined.

On January 15, the court sought to know the status of trial in a rape case involving Asaram and asked the Gujarat government to file a progress report on it.

Asaram’s lawyer had then told the court that in the Gujarat case, out of 92 witnesses, 22 material witnesses have been examined, 14 of them are dropped and rest yet to be examined.

The two Surat-based sisters had registered separate complaints against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape and illegal confinement among other charges.

While elder sister, in her complaint against Asaram, had accused him of repeated sexual assaults between 2001 and 2006 when she was staying at his ashram near Ahmedabad.

In the case in Rajasthan, a teenage girl had accused him of sexual assault at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur.

The girl, who hailed to Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur, was a student living in the ashram.

Asaram was held by Jodhpur Police on August 31, 2013 and has been in jail since then.


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