Asaram

A man committing crime under the cloak of a holy person 

In August 2013 , the Delhi Police files a case against Asaram Bapu and he  was accused of raping a 16 year old girl in his Jodhpur ashram. Her parents brought her to the ashram to cure her from the so called ‘evil spirits’.

 He was finally arrested on August 31st 2013.

His bail appeal was rejected by the Jodhpur session court on September 2013 and the court stated that it was not the right time for a bail and the conditions are not favorable. 

In October 2013, two sisters from Surat filed a complaint of rape against Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. He was absconding at that time. Again in October, yet another girl, this time from Ahmedabad filed a complaint against Asaram Bapu.

In November 2013, the Jodhpur police filed charge sheet against Asaram Bapu and four co-accused in the Jodhpur case. The charge sheet accused him of rape, sexual harassment and human trafficking apart from other offences under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Narayan Sai, Asaram Bapu’s son was found, arrested and he also admitted to the rape charges filed against him.

In early 2014, the trial for the Jodhpur case began. Charges were framed against Asaram Bapu for committing rape, criminal conspiracy and other offences by the Jodhpur court.

The husband of one of the survivors in the Surat rape was stabbed in a hospital compound by an unknown assailant.

Narayan Sai was charge sheeted in the Surat rape case.

 

Two unidentified men threw acid at Dinesh Bhavchandani, an aide of one of the witnesses in the Surat case, in March 2014. Apparently, this was the third in the series of such attacks.

There were repeated attempts to get bail for Asaram Bapu, which were repeatedly refused. The Supreme Court also denied bail to Asaram Bapu.

Amrut Prajapati, a former aide of Asaram Bapu and witness in the Surat case, died of bullet injuries in June 2014. Some unidentified gunman posing as patients shot Prajapati in the neck at an Ayurveda hospital in Rajkot.

The brother of the survivor in the Jodhpur case, reportedly received a threat from two of Asaram’s followers to reach a settlement in the case, failing which they would be killed.

One of the women that had filed the rape case against Asaram Bapu (the Surat case) filed a petition that she be allowed to record her statement fresh. The request was rejected by the court.

After a few days, the same woman, was mysteriously missing for over a week along with her son and husband.

Asaram Bapu’s cook & aide, Akhil Gupta, also a witness in the Surat case was shot dead by unknown people in Muzzafarnagar in January 2015. This is the second witness in the Asaram Bapu case to be killed. Akhil Gupta’s family sought protection from the Gujarat police since they were dissatisfied by the security provided by Uttar Pradesh police.

 

Yet another witness was attacked in February 2015. Rahul K. Sachan, a witness in the Jodhpur case was stabbed outside the local court. He was coming out after giving his statement.

Mahendra Chawla, an insurance advisor and a former personal assistant to Asaram Bapu and a witness, was shot in May 2015. He had testified against Asaram and his son, in the Surat case.

On July 8th, 2015, another witness in the Jodhpur case, Sudha Pathank turned hostile and told the court that she had no knowledge about Asaram’s activities.

On 12th July, 2015, Kripal Singh, a key witness in the Jodhpur case was shot at by two motorcycle-borne people in Shahjahanpur. This is the third witness in Asaram’s various cases who was killed.

In July 2016 the high court of Rajasthan rejected the interim bail of Asaram Bapu.

In August 2016 the high court of Rajasthan again for the ninth time rejected the bail appeal of Asaram Bapu While rejecting the bail application, Justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur said since the trial of the case has reached its fag end, it was not appropriate to grant the bail.

In August 2016 after 2 Days of the bail rejection of high court, the apex court rejected the bail application for Asaram Bapu.

In October 2016 Asaram Bapu had applied for bail in the Supreme Court when it had rejected his interim bail plea on health grounds and asked him to get his treatment done in Rajasthan under judicial custody itself.

A bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana had said if Asaram wanted to undergo treatment, he could get the diagnosis done at AIIMS, Jodhpur or at Rajasthan Ayurvedic Hospital while staying in judicial custody.

On 3 October, a medical board of the AIIMS had told the apex court that Asaram's health was stable.

In the year 2017 the apex court again rejected the regular bail plea in the sexual assault case lodged in Rajasthan while noting that it can't overlook the fact that the trial was unnecessarily prolonged after attacks on prosecution witnesses.

Asaram was arrested by Jodhpur Police on 31 August, 2013 and has been in jail since then.

Note

The above said case is still pending in the High Courts.

 

 

Abha Singh, 4/26/2020 12:00:00 AM


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