Rape case against Asaram: Court grants in-camera trial

The charge sheet also names his wife Lakshmiben, daughter Bharti and four women followers Dhruvben, Nirmala, Jassi and Meera for abetment of rape.

Published: 26th May 2017 12:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th May 2017 12:15 AM   |  A+A-

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. | PTI File Photo

By PTI

AHMEDABAD: A court in Gandhinagar, hearing a rape case against religious preacher Asaram, today allowed a petition seeking in-camera proceedings in the case.

The plea was moved by public prosecutor R C Kodekar citing threat to life of witnesses in the case. Principal sessions judge A N Joshi allowed the application which said prosecution witnesses coming to the court faced risk to their lives and therefore the proceedings should be held in-camera and members of public be not allowed inside the courtroom. "From now on, witnesses will be examined in-camera owing to the risk to their life," the court held.

A witness was examined in-camera today after the court granted permission for it. The case before the Gandhinagar court relates to a complaint filed by a Surat-based woman, who accused Asaram of raping her many times when she was living at his ashram on the outskirts of Ahmedabad city between 1997 and 2006.

The charge sheet also names his wife Lakshmiben, daughter Bharti and four women followers Dhruvben, Nirmala, Jassi and Meera for abetment of rape. The charges against Asaram were framed in March last year. Asaram is also facing another rape case in Jodhpur in Rajasthan, and is currently lodged in a prison there.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp