Supreme Court denies Asaram Bapu's bail plea, orders to file new FIR for faking health papers
Asaram is currently lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail and is facing prosecution for a number of sexual assault cases, including allegedly raping a minor girl
The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the registration of new FIR against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu for filing fake documents in connection with his health.
In a setback to Bapu, The apex court also levied a fine of Rs 1 lakh on him, whose bail plea for medical reasons was also rejected by the top court, which mentioned that the godman's condition wasn't such that he can't be treated in Jodhpur.
Asaram is currently lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail and is facing prosecution for a number of sexual assault cases, including allegedly raping a minor girl.
While rejecting his plea seeking modification of the October 24, 2016 order refusing bail, Chief Justice Justice J S Khehar and Justice N V Ramana referred to a report by the AIIMS medical board.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences' board of eight doctors said their evaluation of the godman's prostate ailment is incomplete due to the non-cooperation by Asaram.
"We can't overlook that the trial was unnecessarily prolonged and there were attacks on prosecution witnesses, two of whom have died," the apex court noted. "The instant plea is devoid of merit and hence dismissed," the court added while refusing to modify its earlier order that had denied Asaram an interim bail.