No way out! Jodhpur court rejects Asaram’s bail plea
District and Sessions Judge (Rural) of Jodhpur Manoj Vyas had put off the hearing till Wednesday to allow the prosecution to argue on the bail plea, Asaram’s lawyer KK Manan said.
Asaram, 72, who was arrested from his ashram in Indore in Madhya Pradesh last week, had sought bail claiming that police erred in booking him under rape charge, which is non-bailable.
On Tuesday, Asaram created ruckus in jail over a demand for gangajal or holy Ganga water. The controversial godman reportedly claimed that he would not accept water without a drop from his bottle carrying gangajal.
According to reports, Asaram recently cleared a potency test conducted on him by a team of three doctors, who established that he was not impotent as opposed to his claims. The test conducted revealed that he was indeed potent and capable of committing rape.
Earlier, Jodhpur Police said they are clear that they had enough evidence against Asaram Bapu in a case that is ‘purely criminal’ in nature.
‘We have gathered sufficient evidence in the last ten days. Whatever has been said by the victim, we have collected the evidence which collaborate with her statement. We are making it a foolproof case,’ said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ajay Pal Lamba.
‘There is no conspiracy. It’s a pure criminal case. It is purely a criminal act. On the part of the police, whatever investigation and action is to be taken in such a case, we are doing that. Whatever the accused wants to say, he is free to say,’ he added.
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.