The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Gujarat government on a petition filed by self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, seeking its response.The bail has been sought by Asaram on the ground that his age is above 80 years and his health is deteriorating.A bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice CT Ravikumar sought response from the Gujarat government and fixed the matter for hearing on September 7.
The Supreme Court has sought the response of the Gujarat government on an appeal filed by jailed Asaram against the rejection of his bail application in a 2013 rape case.The bench issued notice to the state government on Asaram’s application challenging the Gujarat High Court’s December 10, 2021 order.
Asaram sought bail saying there was no sign of the trial reaching a conclusion.In 2018, Asaram was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in Rajasthan for raping a minor at his ashram.
The Bench said that the application for exemption from filing a certified copy of the relevant judgment and copy of the official translation is allowed.Notice should be issued and reply should be given by September 7, 2022.
In his bail application, Asaram has sought relief on the ground that he is above 80 years of age and his health is deteriorating.Asaram was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2018 by a special court in Rajasthan for raping a minor at his ashram.
Two sisters from Surat, who lived between 1997 and 2006 at Asaram’s ashram in Motera area of Ahmedabad, had filed separate complaints against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai.The elder sister, in her complaint against Asaram, had accused him of sexual harassment several times between 2001 and 2006, when she was staying at his ashram in Motera area of Ahmedabad.
On April 26, 2019, a Surat court convicted Narayan Sai under sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offence), 323 (assault), 506-2 (criminal intimidation), and 120-B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. convicted underHe was sentenced to life imprisonment.