Jodhpur: As per media reports Jodhpur court will pronounce verdict in the rape case against self-styled godman Asaram in the jail premises. The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday directed the special SC/ST court in this matter.
The court of special judge, SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) will pronounce the judgment on April 25.
A division bench of Justice Gopal Krishna Vyas and Justice Ramchandra Singh Jhala also directed the police commissioner and district administration to make all necessary arrangements and ensure that “no inconvenience or hurdle” is created by Asaram’s followers, reads a note in Hindustan Times (HT).
The HC was hearing a petition filed by the Rajasthan government seeking direction to the special court to pronounce the judgment in the Jodhpur Central Jail premises, where Asaram is confined, to prevent any law and order problem.
Allowing the appeal, the HC directed the jail superintendent and district administration to make all arrangements in the prison for pronouncement of the judgment.
Asaram’s counsel Mahesh Bora and Sajjan Raj Surana contended that no “such express provision is in existence as per law” to allow a court to deliver verdict in jail, reads a quote in HT.
Vyas told the court that as per an intelligence report, thousands of followers of Asaram from different parts of the country were likely to gather in the court premises on April 25.
Earlier, the special SC/ST trial court had completed the final arguments in the case on April 7. The final arguments had stretched for over five months.
It’s pertinent to note that a minor girl had in August 2013 accused Asaram of rape at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur. Asaram was arrested on August 31, 2013 and sent to the Jodhpur central jail.
Asaram is also facing a rape case in Gujarat. Two Surat-based sisters had lodged separate complaints against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai, accusing them of rape and illegal confinement.