Jodhpur court rejects bail plea of self-styled `godman` Asaram Bapu sixth time

Asaram Bapu

Jodhpur, June 20: Self-styled ‘godman’ Asaram Bapu, who is in jail since September 2013 for allegedly raping a minor, was denied bail by a court here on Saturday.

According to reports, Additional District and Sessions Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas turned down 73-year-old Asaram Bapu`s bail application for relief the sixth time.

The Additional District and Sessions Judge reportedly said that an accused in a crime of such nature does not deserve bail.

Earlier on Friday, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had argued on Asaram’s behalf. He had contended that the entire case had been fabricated and Asaram deserved to be released on bail.

Opposing the bail plea, prosecution counsel PC Solanki had said the court must look into the circumstances of the alleged crime, including the age of the victim, before coming to a decision.

Earlier, two bail petitions of Asaram were turned down by lower court. He had twice unsuccessfully approached the High Court and was also denied relief by the Supreme Court.

Asaram is lodged in a jail here following his arrest in September 2013 for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl in one of his ashrams.

(With Agency Inputs)


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