Sexual assault case: Court rejects Asaram`s aide Shilpi`s bail

Last Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 17:57

Zee Media Bureau

Jodhpur: A District and Sessions court here on Thursday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram`s aide and Chhindwara hostel warden Shilpi.

Shilpi is a co-accused in the case of alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl by the spiritual guru. She had filed an anticipatory bail plea in a local court on Wednesday.

Shilpi had allegedly advised the girl`s parents to take her to Asaram to "ward off evil souls" leading to the sexual assault.

The petitioner had said that she had already been interrogated and there was no need to arrest her and she had no control over female boarders of the hostel.

Shilpi also claimed that Asaram was just a trustee of the gurukul and hence had no direct control over the hostel.

However, counsel for the victim, Manish Vyas, claimed that facts mentioned by Shilpi were far from reality as there were adequate evidence against her.

Police are now trying to arrest the rest of the accused in the case -- Shilpi, Sharad Chandra (caretaker of gurukul) and Prakash (cook of Asaram), who was with him at Manai ashram on the night of incident.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ajay Pal Lamba had said that she was on police`s radar and would be arrested at an appropriate time.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 17:57

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