Jodhpur court rejects jailed spiritual guru Asaram’s bail plea


Spiritual guru Asaram, who has been lodged in a jail for alleged sexual assault of a minor, will have to spend more time behind the bars after a Jodhpur court on Friday rejected the bail application.

District and Sessions Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas rejected the bail application of Asaram, who is behind bars since September 2013.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy had argued for Asaram on Monday. After hearing the arguments, the court had reserved its verdict for Friday.

While rejecting the plea, Judge Manoj Kumar Vyas on Friday did not make any comment about the facts of the case. He, however, said in the presence of Swany that in the given facts and circumstances, the bail application of the accused could not be accepted.

“We are happy that we could satisfy the court that grating bail at this stage can affect the trial of the case adversely,” P.C. Solanki, advocate of the complainant, was quoted as saying by IANS.

Previously, Asaram’s bail applications had been rejected by the sessions court, the Rajasthan High Court, as well as the Supreme Court.

The aggrieved party is a 16-old-girl, who had lodged a police complaint against Asaram accusing him of sexually assaulting her at his ashram near Jodhpur. In her complaint she alleged that Asaram’s aides sent her to his Jodhpur ashram on the pretext that she was under the influence of an “evil spirit” and that he could perform an exorcism.

After the complaint was registered, Asaram was arrested from his ashram in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. He is lodged in the Jodhpur Central Jail since September 2, 2013.