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SC rejects Asaram’s interim bail plea for availing Ayurvedic treatment

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Jailed self-styled godman Asaram Bapu’s plea seeking interim bail for availing Ayurvedic treatment has been declined by the Supreme Court. The top court reminded Asaram that he had not been convicted for an ordinary crime. Notably, he is serving life imprisonment after being convicted for raping a 16-year-old devotee at his ashram.

Asaram had requested the apex court for an interim bail of two months so that he can avail Ayurvedic treatment in Uttarakhand. The court said, “You will get all Ayurvedic treatment in the jail itself.” He had earlier approached the Rajasthan High Court for similar reliefs, but the court denied the same.

Rajasthan govt opposes Asaram’s plea

The Rajasthan government had vehemently opposed his interim bail plea. The state government contended that the self-styled godman wants to get his sentence suspended under the garb of receiving treatment. The state argued that Asaram had made similar pleas in 2014 and 2016 and both times, a committee of doctors appointed by the Supreme Court found that his health condition was stable.

Apart from the Rajasthan government, the father of the rape survivor had also opposed the plea for interim bail, expressing apprehensions that the relief to Asaram may put his family members at risk.

Case history

In 2018, a Jodhpur court sentenced the self-styled godman to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of raping the 16-year-old at his ashram in 2013. He was convicted under sections of the IPC, the Juvenile Justice Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Two of his co-accused got 20 years in jail each and two were acquitted. During the trial in the Jodhpur case, nine witnesses who testified against Asaram were attacked and three of them died.

 

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