Sexual assault case: Jodhpur court to decide on Asaram`s `demands`

A Jodhpur court will on Thursday hear various pleas moved by self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault case recently.

Zee Media Bureau

Jodhupur: A Jodhpur court will on Thursday hear various pleas moved by self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault case recently.

Asaram, 72, who was arrested from his ashram in Indore in Madhya Pradesh recently, had sought special privileges for himself during his stay in jail.

Asaram has demanded that a female physician should be allowed to monitor his Health inside the Jodhpur jail premises every day.

The controversial godman has also demanded home-cooked food and a comfortable bed. Asaram has also asked for gangajal (holy water), puja items, herbs and books inside the prison.

He had recently created ruckus over not accepting water without a drop from his bottle carrying gangajal.

Considering his `old` age and health, Asaram`s lawyer then made a request before the Jodhpur court pleading it to fulfil his demands.
Besides, the self-styled godman has also sought a restriction from the court on the media coverage of his trial.

The spiritual guru was arrested from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in his Jodhpur ashram on the night of August 15.

On the directions of the Jodhpur court, Asaram`s health was examined by a team of doctors at the MDM Hospital and his medical report is also likely to come up before the court today.

Asaram has been booked under Sections 376, 342, 506 and 509 of the IPC, Section 8 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and Sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act.

He is currently in judicial custody till September 16.
Gurukul warden moves anticipatory bail plea

The warden of Chhindwara Gurukul, who is a co-accused in the case of alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl by Asaram, had yesterday filed an anticipatory bail plea in a local court.

The plea, filed in the District and Sessions court here, will come up for hearing today. 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 has 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 has 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.

With Agency inputs

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