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Asaram Bapu case: Supreme Court questions Gujarat govt over slow pace of trial

Asaram Bapu case: The court had earlier rejected Asaram's plea seeking bail on grounds of poor health. He is facing charges of rape and illegal confinement in two cases, one lodged in Rajasthan and other in Gujarat.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 28, 2017 11:27 pm
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The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Gujarat government for dragging its feet in the trial of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. The apex court asked the state counsel why the rape victim has not been examined till date.

A bench comprising justices N V Ramanna and Amitava Roy asked the state government to file an affidavit in this regard and posted the matter for further hearing after Diwali.

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.

Appearing for the Gujarat government, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had said 29 prosecution witnesses have already been examined and the statements of 46 witnesses are yet to be recorded.

The court had earlier rejected Asaram’s plea seeking bail on grounds of poor health. He is facing charges of rape and illegal confinement in two cases, one lodged in Rajasthan and other in Gujarat.

The apex court, while dismissing his bail plea on January 30, had observed that Asaram had placed a “fictitious document” to persuade the court to grant him bail and had ordered registration of an FIR against those responsible for preparing and filing the alleged fake papers. Asaram’s son Narayan Sai is also an accused in the case.

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

with PTI inputs

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    Vis
    Sep 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm
    It has been 4 years and the alleged rape victim yet not examined then why is he is jail on mere accusation sounds bull to me what exactly is court doing its aclear violation of his human rights and fundamental freedom
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    1. Narayan singh Rawat
      Aug 30, 2017 at 12:53 am
      When The 6-years-old fake rape case was filed and dismissal by Delhi court! then why Asaram Bapuji And his son Narayan Sai is not getting Justice or Even bail in 12 years old Fake Rape cases!??? Is it fair to keep Innocents in jail for year??? It's Clear Shows the Conspiracy Against Hindu Saints!!
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        Shekhar
        Aug 29, 2017 at 6:52 pm
        It's very strange to see how Media can defame anyone without a single proof! Will Media let readers know that from last 4 years, Police did not find a single proof against Asaram Bapu. Why fooling reader?
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          Vnk
          Aug 29, 2017 at 5:55 am
          SC should set right court procedures which cause delay. They should also talk about rapist Christian father's and madarsa teachers and imams. Specially Mamta sleeping over barqati and Qadri.
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          1. Zen Bhatia
            Aug 29, 2017 at 5:44 am
            Regarding prosecuting and sentencing religious heads including so many Sawamys, Gurus, Babas and Bhaghwans, Indian political parties always weight the political and vote bank value of these goons. The Asaram Bapu is the worst offender, but he is living luxurious life under government securities for the last decade or more. Similarly several other Babas including Baba Ram Deo are also enjoying government protection only because they have vote bank value. SC must stop such preferential treatment to these religious goons.
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