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COVID-positive Asaram Bapu also suffering from stomach ulcer

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Controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s health condition has deteriorated as he developed stomach ulcer and had to undergo endoscopy in a hospital in Jodhpur on Monday.

Asaram is being treated in two different hospitals. While his endoscopy was undertaken in Mathuradas Mathur Hospital, he was taken to the All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur for other tests.

It is learnt that because of a dip in his haemoglobin level, he was given two units of blood transfusion on Sunday.

Asaram had tested positive for COVID-19 in Jodhpur Central Jail after which he was admitted in the Mathuradas Mathur Hospital. Thereafter, he was transferred to AIIMS where doctors found that barring COVID-19, he was not suffering from any disease. On Sunday, Asaram complained of pain in the stomach following which he was taken from AIIMS to Mathuradas Mathur Hospital.

Asaram’s bail plea in Rajasthan High Court

The Rajasthan High Court had on Thursday deferred the hearing on the bail plea of Asaram Bapu till May 21. Asaram, who is serving a life sentence in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl, has filed a plea seeking bail for his treatment in Kerala.

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Asaram in his plea stated that he has tested positive for the viral infection and wanted to have Ayurvedic treatment for his illness. The high court has sought a fresh report from the Jodhpur AIIMS on the convict’s latest health status.

Opposing the bail plea, the state government’s advocate had argued that the AIIMS report said that he was not suffering from any serious or grave disease. He was suffering from COVID-19 and that requires him to be in isolation for 14 days. Thus, his bail application should not be entertained, the government had contended.

With the fresh development, Asaram’s lawyers are working on a fresh plea before the high court in which the argument will be that he is suffering from an ulcer in addition to COVID-19. Therefore, he should be given two months’ parole for undergoing Ayurvedic treatment. The lawyers are likely to approach the court on humanitarian grounds.

 

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