Jodhpur: A court here on Tuesday left it to the Rajasthan government to choose the mode of transport for taking self-styled godman Asaram Bapu to Delhi from here for undergoing medical test at AIIMS, as directed by the Supreme Court, after he had moved a plea to travel by air.
District and Sessions court Judge Manoj Vyas said it was a matter of the state and it was the duty of the state government to ensure the compliance of the apex court order.
The Supreme Court on Monday had directed Asaram to be examined by a medical board at AIIMS New Delhi on December 3.
An apex court bench headed by Justice T S Thakur refused to pass any order on how 76-year-old Asaram is to be brought from Jodhpur jail to the national capital, saying that it is for the state government to decide on it.
"Though, the defence counsel argued the entire expenses for the transit would be borne by Asaram but we objected it and argued that all are equal before the law and none should be given any advantage outside the provisions of the jail manual," prosecution counsel PC Solanki said.
On the other hand, the jail administration was not clear on the matter on how to take Asaram to Delhi.
When asked, Jail Superintendent Rakesh Mohan Sharma said that they were awaiting for directions from the seniors on the issue.
After the news, devotees of Asaram have started gathering outside the Jodhpur Central Jail.
Given the experience of local administration with these devotees and to avert any possible confrontation, the jail and the police administration are taking extra precaution by keeping the transit a secret.