The Gandhinagar Sessions Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to wife and daughter of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu,Laxmi and Bharti respectively,in connection with the alleged rape of a Surendranagar woman in 2001 at Asarams farm near Motera in Ahmedabad.
The court granted bail to the two while enforcing several conditions,including that they cannot leave Gujarat without the courts permission.
The court has also directed the two to remain present before the police on October 19 between 10 am and 2 pm.
Apart from Asaram,seven others have been named as accused in the FIR registered with Chandkheda police station of Ahmedabad. Asaram has been arrested in the case and is currently on police custody remand of Ahmedabad police. Laxmi and Bharti have been accused of abetting the rape.
Earlier this week,Laxmi,Bharti and one another woman accused,Dhruvben,had moved anticipatory bail petitions before the Gandhinagar District and Sessions Court,while claiming innocence in the case.
Arguing on behalf of the three women accused,senior advocate B M Gupta had contended that the complainants had lodged the complaint at a belated stage of nearly 12 years after the alleged incident.
Demanding anticipatory bail for the three,Gupta had also argued that the three had not abetted the offence and that they were ready to cooperate with police during investigation.
While Dhruv was granted anticipatory bail on Tuesday,Laxmi and Bharti got anticipatory bail on Thursday.