The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday deferred the hearing on the bail plea of controversial self-styled godman 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.
Recently, he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to AIIMS in Jodhpur. 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.
The AIIMS report which was considered by the high court provided that Asaram’s health was improving and his oxygen level was also normal. The court said that it would review his plea for bail application for two months to enable him to take Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala.
The bail plea was heard by a division bench of Justice Sandeep Mehta and Justice Devendra Kachchwa.
Govt opposes Asaram’s bail plea
Opposing the bail plea, the state government’s advocate stressed 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 contended.
What HC said
The high court after hearing the arguments of both sides ordered that the bail plea should be deferred till May 21 as by that time his quarantine period would be over. After that, the new medical report of Asaram would be reviewed for considering his bail plea.
The jailed ‘godman’ was rushed to Mathura Das Mathur Hospital last Wednesday after he complained of a breathing problem. He was later shifted to AIIMS on Friday. Asaram had tested COVID positive along with 12 other inmates at Jodhpur jail.
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