Asaram Bapu bail plea: SC seeks Rajasthan government’s response

Senior advocate and noted jurist Soli Sorabjee appearing for Asaram said he has been in jail for three years and needed to be granted bail.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 18, 2016 9:28 pm
Asaram Bapu, Asaram, Asaram Bapu case, Asaram Bapu rape case, Asaram Bapu rape, rape, Asaram Bapu bail, Asaram bail, india news The self proclaimed ‘Godman’ Asaram Bapu. (Source: File)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Rajasthan government to respond to the bail plea of self- styled religious figure Asaram Bapu who is facing trial in rape cases. A bench of Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana issued notice to the state government and sought its reply on two separate interim and regular bail pleas of Asaram. Senior advocate and noted jurist Soli Sorabjee appearing for Asaram said he has been in jail for three years and needed to be granted bail.

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The bench said it will take up the plea for interim bail on October 24 and for regular bail at a later stage. On October 3, a medical board of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had told the apex Court that the health condition of Asaram was stable. Asaram had refused to undergo several tests, the seven- member board had also said in its report filed before the bench of Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana.

On August 11, the apex court had denied interim bail to Asaram in a rape case and directed AIIMS to set up a medical board to ascertain his health condition before taking up his regular bail plea. Asaram was arrested by Jodhpur Police on August 31, 2013 and has been in jail since then.

On August 9, the High Court had rejected his bail application in the rape case. A teenage girl had accused him of sexual assault at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur. The girl, who belonged to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was a student living in the ashram.

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    Oct 20, 2016 at 5:20 am
    Nothing has been proved in 3 years.Asharamji bapu has been framed by politicians , missionaries etc etc .Not giving Bai itself shows how corrupt is judiciary.convicted criminals get away in bail but innocents are trapped.Shame on our system
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    Amit Jain
    Oct 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    Judiciary can give saja only to aam people which have no money to buy famous and lawyers like Soli Sorabji, Harish Salway, Ramjethmalini etc etc not such famous personality like Asaram, Lalu Yadav, Mayawati, Jai Lalita , Salman khan etc which have money and both power to buy anything.
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    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm
    Even when he was INSIDE jail, one by one witnesses got Murdered under POLICE protection ............. Soli Sorabji , Salman Khurshid he has TOP of the system to Protect him, while witnesses got bumped of in POLICE PROTECTION ............. NOW why is Modi and Jaitly silent???? he is accused of RAPING minor isn't he???
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    Shekhar Gadewar
    Oct 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm
    Pathetic judiciary!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3 years jail despite zero proof..
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    Rahul shukla
    Oct 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    This time the bail is sure n bail is his right as no proofs against him till now.
  6. S
    Oct 24, 2016 at 10:28 am
    why is bail granted to somany people and not to Asaramji Bapu. and dates given by court after 1 month , will you be able to give back this time. this country is no more democracy and secular.
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