Supreme Court denies bail to Asaram Bapu in 2013 rape case

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An FIR was registered against the self-styled godman in 2013 for offences under the Indian Penal Code, the Juvenile Justice Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 

A division bench of the Supreme Court today refused to allow bail to Asaram Bapu in a 2013 case against him for raping a minor.

Asaram had challenged a July 2022 Rajasthan High Court order denying him bail.

Today, a division bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and SVN Bhatti said that Bapu could approach the High Court with a fresh plea for suspension of sentence if his appeal against conviction by the trial court is not heard expeditiously.

Accordingly, Senior Advocate Devadutt Kamath chose to withdraw the petition.

A lower court sentenced Asaram Bapu to life imprisonment in the year 2018 for committing rape against a minor at his Ashram in Jodhpur in 2013.

In his appeal against his conviction before the High Court, he claimed that the entire prosecution case is fake and manufactured.

Earlier this year, Supreme Court had set aside the order of the Rajasthan High Court summoning IPS Officer Ajay Pal Lamba to testify as a court witness in connection with Asaram Bapu's appeal contesting his conviction for raping a minor.

The division bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and MM Sundresh had also directed the Rajasthan High Court to take up this matter for hearing expeditiously.

Case Title: Asharam @ Ashumal vs. State of Rajasthan