Monday, Nov 24, 2014

High Court serves notice to govt over Asaram’s bail plea

Asaram Bapu Asaram Bapu.
Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Posted: July 24, 2014 2:57 am

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the state government following a bail petition filed by Asaram in the rape case lodged against him by a Surat-based girl.

Asaram, who is lodged at Jodhpur jail in Rajasthan in a separate case, was chargesheeted by a special investigation team in January before a Gandhinagar district court. He has contended in his bail that the FIR against him was filed after a gap of 12 years from the alleged incident and therefore the allegations against him are false.

Besides, he has stated that there is contradiction in the statement of the complainant. He said claimed that the complaint of the victim and the statement recorded before a magistrate don’t match. Besides, key witnesses have not been named as witness in the chargesheet.

The court has adjourned the matter for further hearing on August 21.

Earlier last week, Asaram’s son Narayan Sai’s bail was rejected by the High Court in a similar rape case. One of Sai’s co-accused was granted bail.

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