- Gujarat government had approached Supreme Court after High Court granted 2-week furlough to rape convict Narayan Sai
New Delhi: The Gujarat High Court’s order granting 14-day furlough to rape convict Narayan Sai was set aside by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The Gujarat government had challenged the HC’s order in the Apex Court.
A single-judge bench of Gujarat HC had granted furlough to Narayan Sai, son of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, on June 24. It was stayed by a division bench till August 13, following which the state government had approached the Supreme Court.
Setting aside the order, the SC bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and BV Nagarathna observed that furlough was not an absolute right and that it depended on various factors.
Narayan Sai and his father were both arrested and convicted following complaints of sexual exploitation.
Asaram was arrested in 2013 for allegedly raping a girl in Rajasthan. Two sisters from Surat, too, had accused him and Narayan Sai of sexual exploitation over several years. The latter was convicted in 2019 by a Surat court.
Objecting to the furlough, the state government had argued that the father-son duo had lot of wealth and wielded considerable influence.
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