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Asaram Bapu sent to jail for 14 days

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was behind bars on Monday after he was remanded in 14-day judicial custody by a local court. Wearing a white dhoti and kurta and a red skull cap, the controversial 72-year-old Asaram was produced amid tight security before the district and sessions court where the magistrate Manoj Kumar ordered to send him to judicial custody till 15 September.

The counsel for Asaram, meanwhile, moved an application for bail and hearing on the plea is expected on Tuesday. Asaram was brought to the court in a police bus escorted by a police vehicle. He was remanded in one-day police custody on Sunday after being grilled for four hours.

The religious preacher remained in court for about 15 minutes before he was taken to Central Jail of Jodhpur near Mohanpura bridge in a convoy of police vehicles after the court order. During the hearing, defence counsel pleaded that proper medical attention and care be given for Asaram in the Jail. To this, the prosecution assured the court that all required assistance will be given.
‘Our investigation was complete so we did not seek for extension of the police custody. The accused has cooperated with us,’ DCP Ajay Lamba told reporters after the hearing. ‘Our case is very strong and we have vital evidences against the accused. We are moving in the right direction. We will file chargesheet in the case soon,’ he added.

After the hearing, some people who had gathered outside the court shouted slogans welcoming its order. Asaram was arrested amid high drama on the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday in Indore and was brought to Jodhpur on Sunday for interrogation.
Asked about reports that Asaram was suffering from a neurological disorder, the DCP said, ‘It has been proved to be a lie. His son can say what he wants to say. We can’t comment on anybody’s statement.’
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