Asaram may not get the bail he wants
Asaram Bapu, the internationally known Indian mendicant, who now need not anymore live on others’ money and incarcerated for over three years for the alleged rape of a teenager, may not see the sunlight outside the prison. For, the supreme court of India kept his bail matter further pending and rather sought a response from the state of Rajasthan whether he could be released on bail.
The apex court issued notices to the state of Rajasthan to respond to his bail plea.
A bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana issued a notice to the state government. On Asaram’s earlier bail plea on ‘heath grounds,’ a team of AIIMS doctors said that he is stable. Asaram’s ‘Ashram’ is in the midst of Delhi’s ridge road eating up green areas. He has now sought interim and regular bail.
Senior counsel and former Attorney General for India Soli Sorabjee appearing for Asaram contended before India’s top court that Asaram has been in jail for three years and needed to be granted bail.
However, the apex court observed it would take up the application for an interim bail on October 24 and for a regular bail at a later stage.
What may be crucial in this bail plea is the medical report which stated that Asaram had refused to undergo several tests and in other tests he has been found to be fit.
The court had earlier denied both interim and regular bail to Asaram and asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to examine his medical condition. Asaram was arrested by Rajasthan police on August 31, 2013, on the complaint of a teenager who alleged that he raped her. He has in the jail since. But his son Sai was released on a bail for the same crime.
The complainant-girl also alleged that she was a student in Asaram’s Ashram and that she belonged to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh. BJP leader Dr. Subramanian Swamy argued Asaram’s bail plea. Even the noted criminal lawyer Ram Jethmalani did the same. But their pleas were declined.