The Supreme Court has refused to grant bail to Asaram in a sexual assault case against him. A bench of judges headed by Justice NV Ramana was told by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who represented Gujarat Government that the trial in the case was going on and there are still 210 witnesses to be examined.
The bench has dismissed the plea on the grounds that the lower court will proceed with the trial and will not be influenced by the prima facie observations given by the Gujarat High Court earlier while dismissing Asaram’s plea.
Apparently, Asaram’s interim bail was rejected by Rajasthan court.
Earlier this year, Gujarat court had sentenced Narayan Sai, Asaram’s son, to life imprisonment in a rape case and asked him to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the victim. The court also found Sai guilty of unnatural offences, assault, criminal intimidation and conspiracy.
The court had also sentenced Sai’s three aides, including two women, to 10 years each in jail after holding them guilty of various offences. His driver Rajkumar was also sentenced to six months in prison along with his Dharmishtha alias Ganga, Bhavna alias Jamuna and Pavan were also sentenced to jail for 10 years under IPC Section 212 (harbouring an offender).
After being convicted for raping a minor girl, Asaram had sought his life sentence be diluted and had sent a mercy plea to the Governor of Rajasthan seeking the same. Asaram had cited his age and the severe punishments as reasons for seeking dilution of his life sentence.