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Court adjourns Asaram’s bail plea hearing till tomorrow

Asaram was on Monday produced in court and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 8, 2014 3:18:41 pm

In yet another blow to the controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu,accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in his Jodhpur ashram,a court on Tuesday adjourned his bail plea hearing till 11 am tomorrow.

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The spiritual guru was on Monday produced in court and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. His counsel had moved a bail application.

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Asaram was said to have told police that “if a grandfather spends one-and-a-half hours alone with his granddaughter in a room and says something lovingly,it is not a crime”. But he denied all allegations of sexual assault.

The godman was learnt to have told investigators he had “expected Jodhpur Police to take care of him and handle the matter sensitively but was very disappointed with them”. He told them that like in the past when allegations were “sorted out amicably”,he had “expected that this too would pass”.

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Asaram was arrested amid high drama on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday in Indore and was brought to Jodhpur for interrogation.

Asaram had on Sunday cleared a potency test conducted on him at the SN Medical college here. He was also taken to his Manai Ashram,about 30 km from Jodhpur,where the girl was allegedly sexually assaulted.

Police had conducted a physical verification and tried to recreate the scene of crime.

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Asaram’s arrest followed an FIR filed by the girl alleging she was sexually assaulted by him at his ashram. He has denied the charges.

(With PTI inputs)

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